Bae captures PGA Tour season opener

Final Round — PGA Tour — Open — Silverado Country Club — Napa, California —

South Korea’s Sang-Moon Bae held on to a four-shot, 54-hole lead at Silverado Country Club in Napa to capture the PGA Tour’s season-debut at the Open.

The 2014-2015 wrap-around season was won last year by Jimmy Walker, who went on to log multiple victories and eventually a place on the U.S. Ryder Cup team. 

Bae (15-under) shot 73 but held off a host of competitors for a two-shot triumph. He takes the early lead in the FedEx Cup standings.

Steven Bowditch was alone in second at 13-under, while five players finished T-3 at 12-under including Hunter Mahan, Retief Goosen, Martin Laird, Hideki Matsuyama and Bryce Molder.

For Bae, he entered the week at No. 195 in the Official World Golf Ranking after a sluggish, previous season on tour. He was a whopping 125-to-1 long shot on the betting circuit at He last won at the Byron Nelson Championship in 2013. Bae was a co-leader after round, but trailed Laird by a shot heading into the weekend.

Matt Kuchar, the highest ranked player in the field, stumbled in the final round after starting Sunday at T-3 and five back. Kuch, also a member of the U.S. Ryder Cup squad, ended up T-21 after a 66-76 weekend.

Other notables: Lee Westwood logged a T-12 effort. Tour grads — Tony Finau, Derek Fathauer and Zachary Blair — all ended up T-12 at 10-under overall.

Other Golf News:

  • Alexander Levy (18-under through 36 holes) won the rain-shortened Portugal Masters, thanks to a second-round 10-under-61. Levy’s victory was his second on the European Tour this season (he captured the Volvo China Open in April). Nicolas Colsaerts was runner-up at 15-under. Colsaerts fired a 60 in the opening round.
  • Shanshan Feng managed a back-nine 30 en route to shooting 63 in the final round to win the SIME Darby LPGA Malaysia. Feng (18-under) was three shots clear of 54-hole leader Pornanong Phatlum. It was Feng’s first win of 2014. Na Yeon Choi was sixth, while Lydia Ko finished T-8. Rolex Ranking No. 1 Stacy Lewis opened with 65 but slipped back to T-21 by week’s end.
  • Kirk Triplett, a 25-1 betting selection, won for the second time on the Champions Tour this season securing the SAS Championship with a final round 9-under-63 to finish up 14-under. Triplett, who won the ACE Group Classic back in February, ended up three shots ahead of Tom Lehman. Bernhard Langer and Kenny Perry were T-3 at 10-under.
  • Levy was a 66-1 pick at heading into the week.
  • The PGA Tour heads to Las Vegas next week for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Webb Simpson is defending champion.