Monday, May 20, 2013

What It Takes To Win - HP Byron Nelson

I'm guessing that not too many people picked Bae Sang-moon in the fantasy golf pools as this weeks winner of the HP Byron Nelson.  Regardless, the 26 year old from South Korea played a fantastic and consistent tournament and was able to win his first PGA Tour event.  Bae was chasing Keegan Bradley the entire tournament including heading into the final round.  He shot a final round of 69 on Sunday to overtake Bradley and hoist the trophy.

Here's a closer look at the scores from Bae Sang-Moon's tournament:

  • Round 1: 66 (4 under) - 5 Birdies, 12 Pars, 1 Bogey
  • Round 2: 66 (4 under) - 6 Birdies, 10 Pars, 2 Bogeys
  • Round 3: 66 (4 under) - 5 Birdies, 12 Pars, 1 Bogey
  • Round 4: 69 (1 under) - 5 Birdies, 10 Pars, 2 Bogey, 1 Double Bogey
  • Total: 13 under par - 21 Birdies, 44 Pars, 6 Bogeys, 1 Double Bogey

Personally, I think these stats are amazing! As I've mentioned numerous times in past articles, the ability and the importance of playing consistently throughout a tournament is much harder than it sounds.  Bae shot 66 (4 under par) for all three of his first rounds and finished it off with a 69 on the final day, very impressive.

Looking at a few additional stats (seen below), Bae was crushing the ball off the tee, with an average driving distance of over 308 yards.  Although only about half those drives found the fairway, he still managed to find more than 73 percent of greens in regulation, which coupled with some great putting landed him at the top of the leaderboard.
  • Avg Driving Distance: 308.5 yards
  • Driving Accuracy: 53.75%
  • Greens in Regulation: 73.61%
  • Avg Putts Per Round: 27.75 (Avg 1.54 putts/hole)
Congrats to Bae Sang-moon for winning the 2013 HP Byron Nelson!  Here's a video recap of his final round...