Sang-Moon Bae had his work cut out for him after the first round. Keegan Bradley, who had been somewhat disappointed by his play this season, came out guns blazing in the Byron Nelson and fired a 60 in the opening round.
You couldn't have blamed Bae if he had set his goals on picking up a second-place finish because it didn't seem likely was going that anyone was going to play well enough to take the tournament away from Bradley.
But Bae is a single-minded golfer who has been very successful when playing in Asia. He has 11 international victories on his resume, but he was still looking for his first PGA Tour victory.
Instead of concentrating on trying to catch Bradley, Bae made his goal playing consistent golf in each of the four rounds. He fired a 66 in the opening round and followed that up with two sub-70 rounds.
By the time Bae teed off on Sunday, he was just one stroke off the lead. His confidence allowed him to catch and pass Bradley in the final round. Bae shot a 69 and and he was able to take the tournament by two strokes as he made numerous clutch shots in windy conditions in the final round.
Bae became the third first-time winner on the tour in the last four weeks. He joined Billy Horschel and Derek Ernst in that category.
"The course was really tough," Bae told PGATour.com. "The winds were very strong. I did very well this week."