HP Byron Nelson Championship
TPC Four Seasons, Irving, Texas
The first round 60 was a heck of a start for 2011 HP Byron Nelson Championship winner Keegan Bradley. The 2011 win was Bradley's first on the PGA Tour. Thursday's 60 was a course record (-10) included two bogeys believe it or not. Bradley would have a hard time scoring the rest of the weekend though, only able to better his score of -10 by one over the next three days. Despite the troubles Bradley held the lead until Sunday and had a chance to force a playoff if he could make par-birdie over the final two holes. Sang Moon Bae would have something to say about that.
Sang Moon Bae, a 25 year old Korean golfer, took the lead Sunday and led Bradley by one shot on the 17th tee. A gutsy tee shot on the par-3 hole left Bae and uphill birdie putt while Bradley's tee shot was long over the green, leaving him a near-impossible proposition to get up and down for par. Bae two-putted and Bradley made bogey. Bradley's bogey on the 71st hole gave Bae a two-shot lead on the final tee box. A solid tee shot and approach gave Bae a routine two-putt par which he executed flawlessly for his first win on the PGA Tour. The win also marked the first win for an Asian born golfer on Tour since 2011 (Kevin Na).
With the win Bae jumped up from 95th in FedEx Cup points to 18th.
Volvo World Match Play Championship
Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort, Kavarna, Bulgaria
The Volvo World Match Play was held this year at an astoundingly beautiful and intriguing course on the edge of the Black Sea in Kavarna, Bulgaria. The course, Thracian Cliffs, was designed by Gary Player and proved to be a great venue for this match play championship.
One of the surprises of this tournament was the early exit of Ian Poulter, regarded by many as the best match play player in the world. Poulter was entertaining in his brutal honesty about his performance on Twitter.
Graeme McDowell faced Thongchai Jaidee in the final match Sunday. Winner of the 2012 event, McDowell found himself two-down after four holes. A run of birdies on the back nine helped McDowell take the lead and eventually win 2 & 1 (two holes up with one to play).
McDowell now has one win on the PGA Tour and one on the European Tour.
Mobile Bay LPGA Classic
RTJ Trail, Magnolia Grove, The Crossings Course, Mobile Alablama
Low scores were the norm on the Crossings Course this week as the LPGA ladies tore up the scorecards. Many mid-60's rounds were recorded with two special rounds of 63 and a round of 64 fired by Jiyai Shin, Pomanong Phatlum and Mo Martin respectively.
Carding two rounds of 65 on Saturday and Sunday, Jennifer Johnson finished at -21, one shot ahead of Phatlum and Jessica Korda. The winning score of -21 broke the tournament scoring record.
With the win Johnson broke into the top 10, 10th position, in the 2012 Solheim Cup point standings.