In his 43rd PGA TOUR start, Sang-moon Bae picked up his first victory on the circuit at the HP Byron Nelson Championship when his final-round 1-under-par 33-36=69 pushed him two ahead of Keegan Bradley.
Bae started off his day at TPC Four Seasons on fire, circling four birdies in a five-hole span beginning with the third. Two of those were from outside 20 feet. He stubbed his toe for the first time at the par-4 ninth, making a double bogey after a poor drive led to an approach in the water. He stayed on tilt with a bogey at 10 and another at 15 before finally bouncing back with a birdie at the par-5 16th. The birdie at 16 gave him a one-stroke advantage over Bradley before the American's bogey at 17 put Bae two clear with one to play. Bae calmly split the fairway at 18, and then landed his approach 19 feet from the hole to put the tournament away at 13-under 267. With this win, he his exempt into the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship. He's the eighth first-time winner of the season.
Justin Bolli signed for a bogey-free 5-under-par 32-33=65 in the final round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship to take the lead in the clubhouse at 9-under 271.
On a day where the wind has been a major factor, Bolli's round currently is the lowest of the day. Three of his five birdies came from longer than 17 feet, including one from just off the green on the par-4 10th. The ball-strking was a challenge, splitting just five (of 14) fairways and landing eight GIR, but the putter continually propped him up when needed. Prior to today, his only top 30 was a tie for fourth in Puerto Rico. While it's unlikely that his final tally will net him a win, there are only four players on the course that sit ahead of him with some tough holes to go.
Mark Anderson captured his first Web.com Tour win at the BMW Charity Pro-Am with a final-round 6-under-par 32-33=65 at Thornblade Club, finishing five clear of Tom Hoge.
The University of South Carolina product circled seven birdies to a lone bogey in the final round and completed the tournament at 27-under 63-67-64-65=259. He finished the week sixth in driving distance and tied for ninth in GIR, finding the putting surface 60 (of 72) times in regulation. His 28 birdies led the field. He was a 2011 Web.com Tour graduate, but failed to maintain his status on the PGA TOUR. With this victory, he moves to ninth on the money list and stands an excellent chance at picking up a card for the 2013-14 season.
Louis Oosthuizen has withdrawn from the HP Byron Nelson Championship, citing a neck injury.
Oosthuizen was scheduled to tee of at 9:57 a.m. CT alongside Brian Harman. The South African played his first 54 holes in 3-under-par 67-70=70= 207. With top 20s in two of his last three starts on the PGA TOUR, his game appeared to be rounding into form ahead of this week's event. If he's able, he'll try again at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
Michael Bradley has withdrawn from the HP Byron Nelson Championship, citing a back injury.
Bradley was scheduled to tee off in today's final round at 9:21 a.m. CT. He played his first 54 holes in 2-under 68-70-70=208 for what was only his fifth made cut in 13 events. With a season-high T48 at the RBC Heritage highlighting his season, he needed to make the most of his week at TPC Four Seasons.
Graeme McDowell defeated Thongchai Jaidee 2 and 1 in the final of the Volvo World Match Play Championship.
The first-ever European Tour event in Bulgaria lived up to its hype both with scenic Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort in Kavarna and a deserving champion. Jaidee went 2 up after four holes and retained the lead through six. After McDowell picked off a birdie at the par-3 seventh to halve his deficit, he'd eventually draw even at 12. Wins at 14 and 15 followed as Jaidee began to stumble. Overall, G-Mac played 17 holes in bogey-free 3-under. Just four weeks removed from his title at Harbour Town, he climbed the ladder in this week's bracket with victories over Bo Van Pelt (1 up), Nicolas Colsaerts (2 and 1) and Branden Grace (3 and 2). McDowell is also the first native of Ireland or Northern Ireland to win this tournament that dates back to 1964.
Chad Campbell doubled bogeyed his final hole of the third round at the HP Byron Nelson Championship to miss the 54-hole cut on the number at 2-over 212.
Ten others will join Campbell on the couch for the final round. They include Ted Purdy (212), Jesper Parnevik (212), Charlie Wi (212), Pat Perez (213), Brian Stuard (213), Brad Fritsch (213), Vijay Singh (214), Tim Herron (214), Greg Owen (214) and Patrick Reed (216).