IRVING, Texas Sang-Moon Bae anxiously followed the flight of his ball after hitting his tee shot at the par-3 17th hole Sunday in the Byron Nelson Championship.
When the ball landed on the front edge of the green fronted by water, he bent his knees and leaned backward, relieved. His first PGA Tour victory was only a few shots away.
After squandering a four-stroke lead in the final round, the 26-year-old South Korean beat Keegan Bradley by two stokes for a win in the United States to go with his 11 international victories on the Korea, Japan and Asian tours.
"It's something I've always dreamed of, winning on the PGA Tour," Bae said.
Bae closed with a 1-under-par 69 on a day with wind gusting to near 40 mph at times, similar to conditions two years ago when Bradley got his first PGA Tour win at TPC Four Seasons. Bradley shot a 72 Sunday.
Four birdies in a five-hole stretch on the front nine gave Bae a four-stroke advantage in the final group. But he made a double bogey at No. 9 and a bogey at No. 10.
After some nice par saves, Bradley pulled even with a birdie at the 15th hole. But he missed a short birdie putt at the next hole after Bae birdied.
"When my iron play came back in the latter part of the round, I had confidence," Bae said. "On that shot on 17, I knew it was short, and the wind pushed it over to the right, and I was happy and relieved that it turned out OK."
Bradley was trying to become the Nelson's first wire-to-wire winner since Tom Watson in 1980. He set the course record with an opening 60.
"I'm pretty disappointed, but Moon played very well," Bradley said. 'I just didn't play great today, but I hung in there. I chipped away. When I made that putt on 15, I was pretty confident that I was going to win."
Charl Schwartzel (68) finished third. Justin Bolli shot a bogey-free 65 and matched his career-best finish of fourth.
Bae won $1.2 million, nearly matching his PGA Tour career earnings of $1.6 million in his 42 previous starts. He tied for second last year in the Transitions Championship after getting into a four-man playoff. He is the fourth South Korean-born player to win on the PGA Tour, joining K.J. Choi, Y.E. Yang and Kevin Na.
LPGA Tour in Mobile, Ala. Jennifer Johnson got a hug and congratulations from the defending Mobile Bay LPGA Classic champion before it even sunk in that she had won her first tour title.
"It was fun there at the end, because Jennifer was making putts and I don't think she realized what she was doing," said Stacy Lewis, her playing partner. "I told her when I hugged her, 'I think you just won yourself a golf tournament.' And she's kind of like, 'What?' It was really cute."
Johnson's game was better than cute. The 21-year-old Californian closed with her second straight 7-under 65. She birdied four of the final six holes for a one-stroke victory over Jessica Korda (68) and Pornanong Phatlum (63).
A 15-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole secured the win.
"Before I hit my birdie putt on 17, I saw that Pornanong was tied with me and I didn't want a playoff, so I was like, 'I'm going to make this thing,' " Johnson said.
Johnson had only one previous top-10 finish, an eighth-place tie at the 2011 Navistar LPGA Classic.
World Match Play in Kavarna, Bulgaria Graeme McDowell beat Thongchai Jaidee 2 and 1 in the title match.
McDowell won a year after losing the final to Nicolas Colsaerts. The PGA Tour's RBC Heritage winner last month will move to the top of the European Tour money list and to No. 7 on the world ranking.