Tracker: Bae outlasts Bradley for Byron Nelson title

Sang-Moon Bae is playing with 54-hole leader Keegan Bradley on Sunday at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.

Sang-Moon Bae is playing with 54-hole leader Keegan Bradley on Sunday at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.

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Sang-Moon Bae withstood the tough closing stretch at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, outlasting Keegan Bradley on a windy day at the TPC Four Seasons Resort on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title.

Bae fired a 1-under 69 to clear Bradley by two shots and Charl Schwartzel by three. Bae is the first Asian-born winner since Kevin Na in 2011.

Bae overcame a double-bogey on No. 9 and two back-nine bogeys by picking up birdie at the par-5 16th, while Bradley missed a 4-footer to stay knotted at 13 under.

"I had a great time. Definitely I was a little nervous. I did it. I did my best this week," said Bae.

Here's how it happened:

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Update #20: 5:35 p.m. EDT

Onto the toughest hole on the course, one that just bit Charl Schwartzel to the tune of a bogey. Bradley is going to need a birdie and get some help from Bae. Bradley has bogeyed the 18th all three days.

Off the tee: Sang-Moon Bae hits the right side of the fairway with driver. Keegan Bradley hammers his up the left side.

Approach shots: Bae doesn't play it safe and sticks it to 25 under the hole. Very gutsy shot. Bradley sends his to the right of the green and will have 30 feet.

On the green: Bradley two-putts for par to card a 2-over 72 and finish solo second. Bae also two-putts for his 12th career victory.

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Update #19: 5:32 p.m. EDT

Onto the par-3 17th hole, where Bradley is now chasing Bae again. These final two holes are among the toughest on the course.

Off the tee: Sang-Moon Bae takes a risk by getting after the flag and sticks it to about 25 feet under the hole. Nearly caught water. Keegan Bradley gets too much of his ball and flies it off the back of the green.

Around the green: Bradley's chip shot catches the ridge and settles about 15 feet under the hole. Solid, but a must make.

On the green: Bae misses his birdie putt to the right and settles for an easy par. Bradley misses his par attempt and two-putts for a bogey.

WHERE IT STANDS: Sang-Moon Bae, 13 under; Keegan Bradley, 11 under

Elsewhere on the course: Charl Schwartzel bogeys the par-4 18th to fall back to 10 under and is the leader in the clubhouse.

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Update #18: 5:20 p.m. EDT

The final group now moves to the par-5 16th, with Charl Schwartzel the only player today to reach in two.

Off the tee: Keegan Bradley hammers driver down the right side of the fairway. Sang-Moon Bae finds the left rough.

Second shots: Sitting down in the rough, Bae lays up on the left side of the fairway. Bradley has only 220 yards to the front of the green and comes up just short of the green on the right. Both are solid shots.

Third shots: Bae hits a fantastic shot to about 5 feet right of the hole, while Bradley gets inside of him at about 4 feet.

On the green: Bae raps his in for his first birdie since No. 7, while Bradley misses on a horseshoe and is one back.

WHERE IT STANDS: Bae, 13 under; Bradley, 12 under

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Update #17: 5:03 p.m. EDT

A big fist pump from Keegan Bradley at the 15th, nailing a 10-footer after a great recovery shot from the rough and Bradley moves back to 12 under, now tied with Sang-Moon Bae, who lips out on a par putt to give up his fourth shot in his last six holes.

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Update #16: 4:50 p.m. EDT

Sang-Moon Bae plays long iron off the tee at the par-4 14th, hits a nice approach to about 25 feet right of the hole and two-putts to stay at 13 under.

Keegan Bradley also cards a par, but his is more adventurous, sending his tee ball into the trees left, leaves his approach short of the green and then gets up-and-down to stay at 11 under.

Bradley is now tied with Charl Schwartzel in second after Schwartzel two-putts No. 16 after hitting the green in two at the par 5.

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Update #15: 4:34 p.m. EDT

Sang-Moon Bae hits a poor tee ball at the par-3 13th, leaving himself 60 feet for birdie, but manages a nice two-putt and stays at 13 under.

Keegan Bradley also hits a less-than-stellar tee ball, putts from well off the green, sending it about 8 feet past, which he drains and trails by two shots.

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Update #14: 4:23 p.m. EDT

After finding the trees on the right at No. 12, Sang-Moon Bae manages to get his second shot to just short of the green and he gets up-and-down for par and stays at 13 under.

Keegan Bradley bombs a driver down the left side of the fairway, has about 80 yards into the green, leaves himself 15 feet for birdie, but misses to the left and he settles for par and remains two shots back.

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Update #13: 4:11 p.m. EDT

Keegan Bradley gives his birdie putt a good run at the par-4 11th, but it runs about 4 feet past. He misses the comebacker and drops to 11 under. He has no birdies today.

Sang-Moon Bae gets back on track despite a wayward tee ball, recovering for a par to stay at 13 under.

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Update #12: 3:55 p.m. EDT

Keegan Bradley missed a prime opportunity on No. 10, missing a 12-footer by about 9 inches and he stays at 12 under, but Sang-Moon Bae picks up bogey after finding the right rough and now holds only a one-shot lead over Bradley. That also puts Scott Piercy and Charl Schwartzel within three shots.

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Update #11: 3:44 p.m. EDT

After sending his tee ball on No. 8 at least 60 yards left of the fairway, Sang-Moon Bae hits his second shot over trees and finds water. His fourth shot barely gets on the green and he two-putts for a double-bogey to drop to 14 under, two clear of Keegan Bradley, who makes a 15-footer to save par.

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Update #10: 3:25 p.m. EDT

Sang-Moon Bae finds a fairway bunker on the left off the tee, misses the green, but hits a fantastic third shot to about 12 feet, which he drains to save par and stay at 16 under, four clear of Keegan Bradley and six in front of Charl Schwartzel.

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Update #9: 3:10 p.m. EDT

Sang-Moon Bae picks up his fourth birdie in his last five holes, including the last three and now has a four-shot lead over Keegan Bradley, who two-putts for par at the par-5 7th hole.

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Update #8: 2:57 p.m. EDT

In what looked like a potential runaway for Keegan Bradley is turning into one for Sang-Moon Bae, who birdies No. 6 to move to 15 under and is now three shots ahead of Bradley.

Bae's best finish this season it T-8 at the Northern Trust Open.

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Update #7: 2:52 p.m. EDT

Charl Schwartzel is making a move up the leaderboard, picking up his second birdie of the day at No. 7 to move to 10 under and in solo third. With the wind wreaking havoc, Schwartzel will be the first in the clubhouse and posting a score in double figures might apply enough pressure on the field to make for a wacky ending.

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Update #6: 2:43 p.m. EDT

Sang-Moon Bae has the putter going early, dropping a 20-footer on the par-3 5th hole to move to 14 under, now two shots clear of Keegan Bradley, who two-putts for par.

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Update #5: 2:30 p.m. EDT

Sang-Moon Bae rips a nice drive on No. 4 and hits a solid approach to just outside 20 feet, but leaves his birdie attempt nearly 5 feet short, but does knock that in to stay at 13 under. Keegan Bradley also finds the green in regulation, but misses a 20-footer and settles for par to stay one back.

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Update #4: 2:15 p.m. EDT

After sending his 3-wood off the tee into the water, Keegan Bradley two-putts for bogey at No. 3 and falls out of the lead, as Sang-Moon Bae buries a 25-footer for birdie to move to 13 under. Bae has not won on the PGA Tour, although he does have 11 worldwide wins.

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Update #3: 2:01 p.m. EDT

Both Louis Oosthuizen and Michael Bradley withdrew from the tournament prior to the round with back injuries. Oosthuizen is currently in the field for next week's Colonial.

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Update #2: 1:58 p.m. EDT

Keegan Bradley finds the left greenside bunker at the par-3 2nd, blasts his sand shot to about 6 feet and makes the putt to stay at 13 under. His playing competitor, Sang-Moon Bae, also picks up par after finding the back fringe, nearly draining a 40-footer for birdie and then his par putt from 3 feet making his way around the rim before dropping. Bradley stays up by one.

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Update #1: 1:50 p.m. EDT

Keegan Bradley picks up a par to open his round, as does Sang-Moon Bae, so Bradley keeps his one-shot lead. The final pairing has a bit of breathing room now, as Tom Gillis and Scott Piercy both bogey the par-3 2nd to fall to 10 under and 9 under, respectively.

The wind is stiff at TPC Four Seasons Resort, causing balls to move more than anticipated, including on the greens.

• • •

Saturday coverage

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• • •

Friday coverage

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• How it happened: Bradley still atop Nelson

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• • •

Thursday coverage

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• • •

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