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South Korean captures Nelson crown


May 20. 2013 12:08AM

The Associated Press


IRVING, Texas — 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 four-stroke lead.


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 four-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.


World Match Play


KAVARNA, Bulgaria — Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell won the Volvo World Match Play Championship, beating Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee 2 and 1 in the final at Thracian Cliffs.


McDowell won a year after losing the final to Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts at Finca Cortesin in Spain. The 2010 U.S. Open champion fought back from 2 down after four holes, pulled ahead of his 43-year-old opponent on the 14th hole and secured the victory at the 17th.


Mobile Bay Lpga Classic


MOBILE, Ala. — Jennifer Johnson rallied to win the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic for her first tour title, birdieing four of the final six holes for a one-stroke victory over Jessica Korda and Pornanong Phatlum.


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.

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