Golf: South Korean Bae wins PGA Tour season opener

Jun 22, 2014; Cromwell, CT, USA; Sang-Moon Bae hits his tee shot on the first hole during the final round of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

CALIFORNIA- South Korean Bae Sang-moon built a big lead but had to survive a mid-round slump to earn a two-shot victory at the US$6 million (S$7.5 million) Open in Napa, California on Sunday.

Bae carded a final round of 73 to finish on 15-under-par 273 at Silverado Country Club in the opening event of the 2014-15 season on the PGA Tour.

Australian Steven Bowditch (67), boosted by an eagle at the par-five 16th, finished second on 13-under.

Bae posted four bogeys in a seven-hole stretch mid-round but the 28-year-old held on to take the win and pocket US$1.08 million for his second victory on the PGA Tour.

Bae also has 12 international wins.

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