2014 Open, Napa, Calif. October 9-12, 2014; Purse: $6,000,000; Silverado Resort and Spa (North), Par/Yards: 36-36—72/7,203 – Final-Round Notes – Sunday, October 12, 2014

Weather: Sunny, with a high of 91 degrees. Winds N/NW 10-20 mph.

Final-Round Leaderboard

Sang-Moon Bae 66-69-65-73—273 (-15) Pictured by Getty Images

Steven Bowditch 73-68-67-67—275 (-13)

Sang-Moon Bae

With his victory at the Open, Sang-Moon Bae earns his second career PGA TOUR victory at the age of 28 years, 3 months and 21 days in his 80th career start on the PGA TOUR. He previously won the 2013 AT&T Byron Nelson Championship.

Bae extends exempt status through the 2015-16 PGA TOUR Season.

Bae earns 500 FedExCup points to take the season’s initial lead in the race for the FedExCup.

Bae wins in his first start at the Open. Since its 2007 inception, Cameron Beckman (2008), Troy Matteson (2009) and Jonas Blixt (2012) also won the event in their first start. Mike Weir claimed the tournament’s inaugural title in 2007 at Grayhawk GC.

Bae becomes the third (of eight) 54-hole leaders/co-leaders to win the Open, joining Troy Matteson (2009) and Rocco Mediate (2010).

Bae’s four-stroke lead headed into the final round was the largest 54-hole lead in tournament history, supplanting three-stroke leads by Troy Matteson in 2009 and Rocco Mediate in 2010, both of whom went on to win.

Bae claims his first win and top-10 finish since the 2013 AT&T Byron Nelson Championship.

Bae becomes the third international winner of the Open, joining Mike Weir (2007) and Jonas Blixt (2012).

A player of Korean-descent in their 20s has now won on the PGA TOUR five times in the last four years: Kevin Na (2011/28 years, 17 days), John Huh (2012/21 years, 9 months, 5 days), Sang-Moon Bae (2013/26 years, 10 months, 29 days), Seung-Yul Noh (2014/22 years, 10 months, 29 days) and Sang-Moon Bae (2014/28 years, 3 months, 21 days).

Bae’s win is the 15th on the PGA TOUR by a player of Korean-descent: K.J. Choi (8), Sang-Moon Bae (2), Y.E. Yang (2), Kevin Na (1), John Huh (1) and Seung-Yul Noh (1).

R1 at a glance: 9 of 14 fairways, 15 of 18 greens, 27 putts

R2 at a glance: 7 of 14 fairways, 13 of 18 greens, 28 putts

R3 at a glance: 7 of 14 fairways, 14 of 18 greens, 25 putts

R4 at a glance: 8 of 14 fairways, 12 of 18 greens, 31 putts

Sang-Moon Bae

Birthdate: 6/21/1986

Birthplace/Resides: Dae Gu, South Korea, Kyunggi-do, South Korea

Family: Single

Height/Weight: 6-0/180

Turned Pro: 2004

Joined TOUR: 2012

Steven Bowditch

2014 Valero Texas Open champion Steven Bowditch overcame a 1-over 73 in round one with scores of 68-67-67 to finish at 13-under, good for solo-second-place honors. His 5-under Sunday tied the day’s low round.

Bowditch was making his fourth start in this year’s Open, though he withdrew after last year’s first round at CordeValle with a hip injury. In 2012, he finished T16 and was T54 in 2011.

Bowditch’s lone top-10 finish last season was his victory in San Antonio.

Despite Bae’s over-par score in the final round, he still hung on for the win, something Bowditch knows about. At TPC San Antonio, Bowditch managed to hang on for his win despite a 4-over 76 Sunday.

Hunter Mahan

2014 Barclays winner Hunter Mahan holed a wedge from 91 yards at the par-4 13th for an eagle to get within four strokes of Sang-Moon Bae’s then-17-under lead. Mahan would finish with a final-round 70 and claim T3 honors.

This was Mahan’s first start in the Open.

Bryce Molder

After six straight pars to open his round, 2011 Open winner Bryce Molder posted the neutral score just two more times. On holes 7-18, he went bogey-birdie-par-birdie-par-birdie-bogey-birdie-birdie-birdie-bogey-birdie. The up-and-down round resulted in a 4-under 68 and T3 honors, his best finish since his 2011 playoff victory at CordeValle GC.

Molder collected a pair of top-10 finishes in the 2013-14 PGA TOUR Season; AT&T Pebble Beach national Pro-Am (T10) and Northern Trust Open (T6). Molder made it to the FedExCup Playoffs for the sixth consecutive season and finished 109th in the standings.

Retief Goosen

Making his second start at the Open (MC/2013), Retief Goosen’s T3 finish at the Open becomes his best since taking T3 honors at the 2011 FedEx St. Jude Classic.

Goosen was in search of his eighth career PGA TOUR win, and first since the 2009 Valspar Championship.

Martin Laird

Second-round leader Martin Laird posted a final-round, 1-under 71 to claim a share of third place.

Laird, a three-time winner on the PGA TOUR, was in search of his first win since the 2013 Valero Texas Open. Laird also won the 2009 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and 2011 Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Laird was making his third start at the Open (T13-2009, T34-2008).

During the 2013-14 PGA TOUR Season, Laird’s only top-10 finish in 20 starts was a T6 at the Barracuda Championship, played under the Modified Stableford scoring format. His last top-10 finish in a stroke-play event before this week came at the 2013 PLAYERS Championship (T5).

Hideki Matsuyama

Different course, same finish. For the second straight year, Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama claimed T3 honors at the Open. Birdies at the 71st and 72nd holes elevated Matsuyama into the top five for a second consecutive season in the event.

Jon Curran

With rounds of 68-72-67-70—277 (-11), low PGA TOUR rookie honors went to Jon Curran with his T8 finish.

Curran came to this week’s Open on the heels of nine missed cuts in 10 starts on the Tour.

The 27-year-old Curran comes to the PGA TOUR this season by virtue of his 24th-place finish on the Tour priority list. On that Tour, he claimed three top-10 finishes in 23 starts, highlighted by a wire-to-wire win at the Brasil Champions presented by HSBC in Brazil.

Curran, a 2009 Vanderbilt University grad, finished T31 at the Shell Houston Open in his only start on the PGA TOUR in the 2013-14 season.

Curran was teammates with Keegan Bradley at Hopkinton High in Massachusetts, where they won a team state championship together. They remain very close friends.

Ryder Cuppers at Open

The Open featured four members of this year’s Ryder Cup: Hunter Mahan (T3), Matt Kuchar (T21), Jimmy Walker (63rd) and Lee Westwood (T12).

Miscellaneous Notes

With rounds of 72-70-71-70—283 (-5), Jarrod Lyle finished T31 in his first start back since the 2012 Mayakoba Golf Classic. Lyle will compete in this week’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open on a sponsor exemption.

Defending Open champion Jimmy Walker couldn’t keep the momentum from round two’s 66 going into the weekend, posting scores of 73-74. At even-par 288, Walker finished 63rd.

Five past champions of the Open, dating to 2007, made starts in this week’s field:

Champion (Year) R1-3 Scores

Bryce Molder (2011) 70-69-69-68—276 (-12)

Jimmy Walker (2013) 75-66-73-74—288 (E)

Jonas Blixt (2012) 70-75—145 (MC)

Mike Weir (2007) 73-75—148 (MC)

Troy Matteson (2009) 75-78—153 (MC)

William McGirt withdrew during the final round with a back injury.

Bogey-free rounds:

R1: Martin Laird (67), Tyrone Van Aswegen (68), Marc Leishman (69), Billy Hurley III (70), Brad Fritsch (70).

R2: Zachary Blair (66), Hideki Matsuyama (67), Sang-Moon Bae (69), Sean O’Hair (69).

R3: Matt Kuchar (66), Spencer Levin (67), Lee Westwood (69).

R4: John Peterson (68), Tony Finau (68).

Scoring Averages at the par-72 Silverado Resort and Spa (North):

Front 9 Back 9 Total Cumulative

R1: 36.201 35.889 72.090 —

R2: 35.993 35.601 71.594 71.843

R3: 35.720 35.293 71.013 71.671

R4: 36.297 35.553 71.851 71.704

Source: PGA TOUR


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