Bae takes top honours in the US

Mon 13 Oct 2014

Bae takes top honours in the US

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October 13: Former Asian Tour winner, Bae Sang-moon of Korea got his 2014/15 PGA Tour season off to a flying start by winning the Frys.com Open with a one-over-par 73 on Sunday.
The Korean, who holds three victories on the Asian Tour, compiled a winning total of 15-under total of 273 to finish two shots ahead of Australia’s Steven Bowditch at the PGA Tour season-opener.
Bae was one-under on the front nine and quickly built up a six-shot lead with a par on the 10th hole.
The Korean however survived a nervy finish after he three-putted for bogeys on 11, 13 and 14.
After struggling to hit the greens on much of the back nine, Bae could well afford to miss a short birdie putt on 18 as he would go on to secure his second PGA Tour title, having won his first at the HP Byron Nelson Championship last year
"I was very frustrated. Even though my game was good, the score wasn’t. I was very anxious and nervous. I didn't want to look at the leaderboard but I did and that's why I got lots of bogey on my back-nine. But anyway, I've lots of confidence from this win now," said the 28-year-old Bae.
At the Portugal Masters, Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee ended his week in tied-17th place after the event was reduced to a 36-hole contest due to unplayable conditions.
Having taken the day off on Friday, Thongchai was among the majority of players who returned to start his second round on Saturday after he had opened with a 67.
He resumed his charge with two straight pars before getting his first birdie on the third hole.
The Thai ace dropped a shot on seven but recovered well just before the turn with another birdie on nine.
Thongchai battled gallantly to stay close with leader and eventual winner, Alexander Levy of France with three more birdies on 11, 12 and 14 before his run was stopped once more after play was suspended due to thunderstorms.
The Thai returned to par his remaining two holes before getting back into action on Sunday again where he sunk two more birdies on the second and fifth holes before the tournament was halted once more and officially declared as a 36-hole contest due to unplayable conditions.
Ends.