2013 World Match Play Champion - Graeme McDowell
Bulgaria - Who has it better than Graeme McDowell these days? Not many. The Irishman is engaged,
just opened his Nona Blue restaurant/bar in Orlando, and has now won twice in the past month.
G-Mac faced off against Thongchai Jaidee in the final match at the Volvo World Match Play at the
scenic and challenging Thracian Cliffs Resort in Kavarna, Bulgaria. Jaidee led early on, and took a 1up
lead at the turn. Starting at the 12th, G-Mac rallied winning 3 of the next 4 and didn't let up winning
the match 2&1 and taking home the World Match Play title. McDowell now leads the Order of Merit on
the 2013 European Tour.
“Obviously a nice day and a great trophy,” said McDowell. “I talked about it all week about the
prestige of this event and how many great champions, and nice to add my name to that list of
legends.“We talked a lot about what Volvo have done with this event, what they have done with
golf around the world and coming to Bulgaria this week obviously was a brave move, but I think it's
Sang Moon Bae celebrates his 1st PGA Tour Victory
Irving, Texas - On a day when winds gusted up to 30 mph, Bae, who started the day one
behind 54 hole leader Keegan Bradley, rallied on the front nine with birdies on the 3rd, 5th,
6th, and 7th holes to lead by four. An errant approach led to double bogey on the ninth and
trimmed his lead to two, it was about to get more interesting.
On the fifteenth still leading by two, a pivotal exchange took place. Bradley drained a 18
footer for birdie, and when Sang Moon Bae made bogey the two were deadlocked at -12. On
the sixteenth, both faced short putts for birdie, Bae drained his 4 footer and watched as
Bradley's lipped out. On the tough par 3 seventeenth, Bae was safely on the green, Bradley
missed the green and after a mediocre chip faced a lengthy downhill putt to stay a shot back.
The putt missed left, and Bae went to eighteen with a 2 stroke cushion. After two solid shots
and a tap in par on the final green, Sang Moon Bae had finished at -13 (final round 69) and
captured his first PGA Tour title.
Bae was jubilant afterward "It's something I've always dreamed of, winning on the PGA TOUR,"
Bae said. "It was surreal to have Mrs. (Peggy) Nelson there and with all the history ... I was in
awe, actually, so almost I didn't know how to react."
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