Sang-Moon Bae won the Byron Nelson Championship on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title, beating Keegan Bradley by two strokes after blowing a 4-stroke lead in Irving, Texas.
The 26-year-old South Korean closed with a 1-under 69 to finish at 13-under 267.
Bradley was trying to become the Nelson’s first wire-to-wire winner since Tom Watson in 1980. Bradley set the TPC Four Seasons course record with an opening 60 even with two bogeys, but finished with a 72 on a day with wind gusting to near 40 mph at times.
Bae already had 11 international victories — winning on the Korea, Japan and Asian tours.
Four birdies in a five-hole stretch on the front nine gave Bae a 4-stroke advantage in the final group. But he struggled in the middle of the round, making a double bogey at No. 9 and a bogey at the next hole.
Bradley, whose first PGA Tour victory came as a rookie at the Nelson two years ago, got even with a birdie at the 15th hole. But he missed a short birdie putt at the next hole to fall behind for good.
Charl Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters Tournament champ, shot a 68 to finish third at 10 under. His only bogey Sunday came at the closing hole, where he hit his approach into a bunker and then hit through the green.
Bae won $1.2 million, nearly matching his PGA Tour career earnings of $1.6 million in his 42 previous starts.
Jennifer Johnson won the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic for her first tour title, birdieing four of the final six holes for a 1-stroke victory over Jessica Korda and Pornagong Phatlum in Mobile, Ala.
The 21-year-old American closed with her second straight 7-under 65 for a tournament-record 21-under 267 total on the Crossings course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Magnolia Grove complex. She two-putted for par on the final hole, tipped her cap and headed toward the practice range in case of a playoff.
But Phatlum was already done and the lead was safe even with Korda’s closing birdie. Phatlum, a 23-year-old from Thailand, closed with a 63. Her previous best finish was third at the Kia Classic.
Korda finished with a 68 that included three bogeys and seven birdies.
World Match Play
Graeme McDowell made amends for last year’s defeat to capture the World Match-Play Championship, defeating Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee 2 and 1 in the final on the Thracian Cliffs course in Kavarna, Bulgaria.
The 2010 U.S. Open champion fought back from 2-down after four holes and only edged in front of his 43-year-old opponent on the 14th hole before securing the victory at the 17th.
It was McDowell’s second win in three events after he also captured the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage earlier this month at Hilton Head, S.C.
McDowell move to top of the European Tour money list and will also move up one place to No. 7 on the world rankings.
American Peter Uihlein won the Madeira Islands Open in his 16th European Tour start, closing with a 4-under 68 for a 2-stroke victory in Santo Antonio Da Serra, Portugal.
Uihlein, the former Oklahoma State star who won the 2010 U.S. Amateur, birdied four of his last eight holes to finish at 15-under 273 at Santo da Serra.
The 23-year-old Uihlein earned a European Tour exemption through next season. His father, Wally Uihlein, is the chief executive of golf apparel and equipment manufacturer Acushnet.