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Monday, May 20, 2013

The Limerick Summary: 2013 HP Byron Nelson Championship

Winner: Sang-Moon Bae

Around the wider world of golf: There were several first-time winners besides Bae this week -- Peter Uihlein won the Madeira Islands Open, the alternate ET event; Jennifer Johnson won the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic; Giulia Molinaro won the Friends of Mission Charity Classic on the Symetra Tour; Mark Anderson won the BMW Charity Pro-Am on the Tour; and Jorge Fernandez-Valdes won the Mundo Maya Open on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. Among the "repeat offenders," Matthew Griffin won the SK Telecom Open on the OneAsia Tour; Graeme McDowell won the Volvo World Match Play Championship on the ET; and Adilson da Silva won the Zambia Sugar Open on the Sunshine Tour.

Bae with first PGA trophy

You might as well get used to the name Sang-Moon Bae if you don't know it already. It was just a matter of time before he got his first win on the US tour -- he's won several times overseas -- and now that he's done it once, he should be able to figure out how to do it again.

And again. And again.

Of course, there's no guarantee of that. There never is in this game. But he's come close before, a couple of times -- the second time he lost in a playoff. And while his final eleven holes Sunday weren't exactly stellar -- 3-over par -- his blistering first seven holes (four-under) more than offset the rough finish. And given how difficult the course played, what with the 25mph winds and all, it's hard to be too hard on a first-timer.

You can be forgiven if you expected Keegan Bradley to win. After his course record 60 on Thursday, his eventual triumph -- on a course where he's won before -- seemed a virtual certainty. But as I said, there's no such thing in this game. I suspect Keegan just tried too hard.

Oh well. The two will probably get many more chances to battle in the coming years. In the meantime, this week's Limerick Summary salutes the youngster who won their first war:
Though Bradley led starting the day,
The first to the finish was Bae.
Four-under in seven,
Moon’s final eleven
Holes couldn’t snatch this win away.
The photo is from the tournament page at


  1. Also, Onnarin Sattayabanphot was a first-time winner on the JLPGA!

  2. Thanks, Bruce. I tried to check the various Asian Ladies Tours but couldn't read the leaderboards.