Keegan Bradley’s course-record 60 Thursday at the Byron Nelson Championship went for naught, as the three-time PGA Tour winner could not hold off Sang-Moon Bae, who took the event for his first tour victory.
Bae, a student of Rick Smith, who teaches at Massachusetts’ The International Golf Club, shot a final-round 1-under 69. His week-long 13-under was good for a two-shot win over Bradley, the 18-, 36-, and 54-hole leader, who stumbled in with a 2-over 72 in Sunday’s finale.
“I was a little nervous the last hole,” Bae told CBS Sports after nearly coughing up a four-shot advantage he had fashioned on Sunday until he double-bogeyed the par-4 ninth.
For Bradley, who made his first birdie of the day on the 15th hole to get back into a brief share of the lead, it was a disheartening finish to a week that began with a career- and TPC Four Seasons-best 60, which matched Sam Snead and Arron Oberholser for the tourney record.
“I’m disappointed, but, you know, I’ll get over it,” said Bradley, who went to high school in Hopkinton, Mass., the starting point of the Boston Marathon.
“I was thinking about all those Boston people today,” Bradley added, referring to the bomb that killed three and injured almost 300 near the finish line of the marathon last month. “I really wanted to pull it out for those guys.”
All week, Bradley sported what his Twitter feed noted was a #PLAYOFFBEARD in support of the Boston Bruins, who defeated the New York Rangers 5-2 on Sunday to go up 2-0 in the Eastern Conference semifinal series.
“I heard the Bruins won,” said Bradley, who captured his first tour W at the Nelson in 2011. “There’s some good that I can bring out of this.”
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