Bae claims breakthrough win in the United States

Mon 20 May 2013

Bae claims breakthrough win in the United States

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May 20: Korea’s Bae Sang-moon, a three-time Asian Tour winner,  fired a closing one-under-par 69 to win his maiden PGA Tour title at the US$6.7 million HP Byron Nelson Championship on Sunday.
Bae, who spent his formative years playing on the region’s premier Tour before heading to the United States, held off the stiff challenge of Major winner, Keegan Bradley to become the fifth Korean after Kevin Na, John Huh and honorary members K.J. Choi, Y.E. Yang to win a PGA Tour event.
“I am very, very happy. I had a great time. I was actually a little nervous at the last hole but that was not a big issue. I did it. This course was really tough and the winds were very strong but I did very well this week," said Bae, who closed with a winning total of 13-under-par 267.
Over in Japan, Korea's Kim Hyung-sung signed off with a 65 to win the PGA Championship Nissin Cupnoodles Cup.
The 33-year-old produced a splendid final day surge where he marked his card with seven birdies and one bogey for a one-shot victory over Japan’s Hiroyuki Fujita, Yoshinori Fujimoto and Hideki Matsuyama at the Sobu Country Club in Chiba.
Brazil’s Adilson da Silva, who is best remembered for being one of the five players involved in the historic play-off at the ISPS Handa Singapore Classic in 2011, secured his first victory of the year at the Zambia Sugar Open.
“It’s absolutely great to seal the win. Mentally, it was a big thing to stay calm and focus today. I’ve been in this situation a couple of times, and I’m learning how to handle it,” smiled Adilson.
“I’ve had a good start to the year and after playing in Swaziland, I will be heading back to play on the Asian Tour. I’m feeling confident after this win. It is really great especially after working so hard for it,” said Adilson, who finished in 23rd place on the Asian Tour Order of Merit last season.