Bae Comes from Behind to Win HP Byron Nelson Championship
Keegan Bradley had been leading the HP Byron Nelson Championship golf tournament since the first round, but he just couldn’t hold on through the final round. Going into the round Sang-Moon Bae was sitting in second place, but he capitalized on some Bradley errors and overcame some mistakes of his own to surge into the lead.
Sang-Moon Bae became a first time winner on the PGA tour with his come-from-behind victory on Sunday in only his second year on the tour. Bae shot his worst round of the weekend with a 69 (-1), but early leader Bradley shot an even worse 72 (+2) to go from one stroke ahead to two strokes behind.
Bradley was attempting to win his second HP Byron Nelson title in the past three years but it was not to be. Bae surged to a four-shot lead on the front nine holes of the course alone, but a double-bogey on the ninth hole, followed by a bogey on the tenth, coupled with Bradley’s first birdey of the day, and they were tied once more.
A pair of U.S. players made huge pushes on Sunday to vault into contention, but the gap between themselves and the leaders proved to be too much. Justin Bolli was in 19th going into the round and finished with a 65 (-5), which pushed him up to fourth place for the tournament and four strokes off the lead. The second player who made a big push on Sunday was Morgan Hoffmann, who shot a 66 (-4) and finished in a three-way tie for fifth place at -8.
The tournament was missing some of the tour regulars and it gave a chance for some of the lesser-known players to take center stage. On Sunday, Bae capitalized on the opportunity and is taking home the trophy and paycheck.