While it might still be 2014, Sang-Moon Bea is your first winner on the PGA Tour for 2015.
Yes, you heard that right, in 2014 we already have a winner for 2015. That’s because we are in year two of the Tour’s new wraparound schedule where the tournaments of the old “Fall Series” now count towards the points list for the 2015 season.
As a result, Bae has the distinction of earning the first win of the new season after he held on to win the Frys.com Open over the weekend at Silverado Country Club in Napa, California.
Despite his final round 73, Bae dominated during the first three rounds and even made the turn with a five shot lead. He extended his lead to six shots after 12 holes before the wheels started to come off. Bae hit bad drives on 13 and 14 that both lead to bogeys. What appeared to be a cake walk home turned into anything but that, and he saw his lead shrink down to 2 shots heading to 15. He attributed the struggle to leader board watching a little too much.
“I didn’t want to look at the scoreboard, but I did. I looked a lot,” he said. “That’s why I made a lot of bogeys on the back nine.”
Bae managed to right the ship with a clutch up and down par save at 16 to preserve the two shot lead and ultimately get the victory.
“I think it was the hardest chip shot today,” Bae said of the shot from behind the green that he played to three feet. “If I made bogey (on) that hole, I think I lose focus (on the) next hole.”
Bae now leads the FedEx Cup standings after the opening weekend, but don’t worry Tiger, Rory, and other golf fans, we still have 11 months left in the season to crown another FedEx Cup champion.
Brooks Koepka Looks Good In Debut As PGA Tour Member
Brooks Koepka shot all four rounds of even par or better at this weekend’s Frys.com Open to finish in a tie for eighth in his first event as a full member of the PGA Tour. Highlighted by a third round 67, the Palm Beach Gardens resident continued his summer of success by recording his fifth consecutive top 15 finish including his play on the European Tour. Koepka will look to make it six in a row when he tees it up this weekend in Las Vegas at the Shriners Hospital for Children Open.
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