HP Byron Nelson Payout 2013: Analyzing Top Earners in Irving

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HP Byron Nelson Payout 2013: Analyzing Top Earners in Irving
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Sang-Moon Bae captured the first PGA Tour title of his career Sunday at the HP Byron Nelson Challenge in Irving, Texas.

The 26-year-old finished with a 13-under-par 267, managing to score under 70 in each of the four rounds of the tournament. Heading into the tournament, he had just one top-10 finish on the year and was coming off a 33rd-place finish at the Players Championship.

Here's a breakdown of the 2013 HP Byron Nelson Challenge champion, as well as some of the other top earners in the tournament.

*Earnings via ESPN.com


3. Charl Schwartzel ($455,600)

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Charl Schwartzel ranks 22nd in driving distance and 33rd in putting (strokes gained) this year, but, interestingly enough, he ranked first in greens-in-regulation percentage and 10th in driving accuracy in Irving, via CBSSports.com.

The 2011 Masters champion finished strong on Sunday with a 68, notching three birdies along the way. He posted a combined seven birdies in the final two rounds.

The impressive finish was also uncharacteristic for Schwartzel this year. Coming into the tournament, he ranked 110th on tour in third-round scoring average and 94th in fourth-round scoring average, via PGATour.com.

You could chalk it up to a golfer simply getting hot all of a sudden. Then again, this was Schwartzel's first career appearance in the tournament—perhaps he just likes the course.

 

2. Keegan Bradley ($723,600)

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There is no question that Keegan Bradley is a very talented golfer (ranked No. 14 in the world), but you get the feeling that he's underachieving to an extent. He had a one-shot lead through three rounds in Irving—over a player without much history of success on the PGA Tour—yet shot a 72 on the final day.

Bradley ranked ninth in putts per GIR in the tournament, 10th in putts per round and second in birdies (20), but he also ranked 46th with 11 bogeys, per CBSSports.com.

Also, his late collapse is a bit troubling, given it marks a trend. He ranks 23rd on tour in scoring average before the cut this year, via PGATour.com, but he ranks 26th in the third round and 36th in the final round.

Bradley has six top-10 finishes this year but no victories.

 

1. Sang-Moon Bae ($1,206,000)

On Sunday at the HP Byron Nelson Challenge, Bae finished off a splendid four rounds of golf in Irving, finally getting into the win column on the PGA Tour.

Bae's strength this year has been his putting game. Heading into the tournament, he ranked 31st on tour in putting (strokes gained), according to PGATour.com

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He didn't disappoint in Irving, ranking first in the field in putts per GIR and eighth in putts per round, via CBSSports.com. That included sinking a 27-foot putt on hole No. 3 Sunday, as well as nailing another long putt at the fifth hole.

Bae also notched an impressive greens-in-regulation percentage (73.61), tied for ninth in the field, according to CBSSports.com. Coming into the tournament, he ranked 92nd on tour in greens-in-regulation percentage, via PGATour.com.

The South Korean was generally able to escape trouble during the tournament. While he had trouble at the ninth and 10th Sunday, he also made an eye-opening up-and-down on the 11th that saved par. He also registered just six bogeys in the tournament (tied for second in the field), while posting 21 birdies (first).

 

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