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IRVING Sang-Moon Bae became the 11th first-time winner of the HP Byron Nelson Championship on Sunday.

The South Korean player's under 69 during the final round under extremely windy conditions let him beat Keegan Bradley by two strokes. Wind gusts were recorded as high as 39 mph during Sunday's final round.

Bradley who had been atop the leader board for all three previous rounds struggled home with a 72.

"This really means a lot," Bae said after winning his first PGA tour event. "It's an honor for me. I'm very, very happy, and I'm looking forward to playing next year to defend my title."

Keegan who last won the Nelson in 2011 had been trying to become the first player since Tom Watson in 1980 to lead the HP Byron Nelson Championship wire-to-wire.

"It was just one of those days where you hang on," Bradley said. "Moon [Bae] shot a 69 today, which is equivalent to shooting five or six [under par]. I'm very proud of the way he played. He outplayed me today. He deserved to win."

Bae had won 11 tournaments previously, all in Asia. He becomes the fifth golfer of Korean descent to win a PGA tour event. The others include K.J. Choi, Y.E. Yang, Kevin Na and John Huh.

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