South Korean Bae wins PGA Tour season opener
(Reuters) - South Korean Bae Sang-moon built a big lead but had to survive a mid-round slump to earn a two-shot victory at the $6 million Frys.com Open in Napa, California on Sunday.
Bae carded a final round of 73 to finish on 15-under-par 273 at Silverado Country Club in the opening event of the 2014-15 season on the PGA Tour.
Australian Steven Bowditch (67), boosted by an eagle at the par-five 16th, finished second on 13-under.
Bae posted four bogeys in a seven-hole stretch mid-round but the 28-year-old held on to take the win and pocket $1.08 million for his second victory on the PGA Tour.
He also has 12 international wins.
Bae built a six-shot lead early in the final round but made the mistake of looking at the leaderboard as a mixture of nerves and excitement got the better of him as he frittered away most of his advantage.
However, none of his closest rivals could launch a serious challenge and Bae had the luxury of missing a series of short putts without ever letting his lead dip below two strokes in demanding, breezy conditions.
"Sometimes I felt excited too much and sometimes nervous, and sometimes lost focus a little," he told reporters.
"I didn't want to look at the scoreboards, but I did. I looked a lot. That's why I made a lot of bogeys on the back nine." Continued...