Overnight co-leader Sangmoon Bae back-pedaled to a 2-over-par 37-35=72 in the final round of The Barclays to wrap his fourth appearance at 9-under 271; good for a three-way tie for sixth place.
Prior to this year, Bae had not made the weekend in three visits to The Barclays and had only broken par once in six career rounds. So despite the disappointing finish, he has that to hang his hat on. It's his fifth top 10 of the season on 27 starts, first since a T8 at the Northern Trust in February, bumping him 11 spots in the FEC rankings to 23rd. After opening in 69-67 and a career-tying low of 63, Bae slumped to five bogeys against three birdies in the finale. Playing in the final pairing with would-be-champ Jason Day, the South Korean posted negative numbers in both strokes gained statistics for the first time on the week in either category. On 12 greens in regulation, he also posted a rocky 2.00 putts per GIR, but with his three circles on Sunday, ended the week first in total birdies with 24. Unfortunately, the 29-year-old also swallowed 11 bogeys and two doubles. Bae is now 1-for-2 in converting 54-hole leads/co-leads, winning the only other time at the 2014-15 Frys.com Open.
Sun, Aug 30, 2015 07:57:00 PM