Sang-Moon Bae sure knows how to make his good play count.
The 28-year-old South Korean won the 2013 Byron Nelson Championship and didn’t have a top 10 since – a span of 36 events, over two seasons. That all changed Sunday, when he built a six-shot advantage and cruised to a two-shot win at the season-opening Frys.com Open.
Thirty-six events: two wins, 0 other top 10s. As a result, he rose from No. 195 in the Official World Ranking to No. 90. He was No. 139 at the end of 2013.
Steven Bowditch rose from No. 123 to No. 80, after recording his best finish (solo second) since a surprising win earlier this year at the Valero Texas Open. Hunter Mahan, one of only four top-30 players in last week’s field, moved from No. 22 to No. 20.
Overseas, Alexander Levy won the 36-hole, rain-shortened Portugal Masters, rising from No. 110 to No. 74. Earlier this year he won the China Open; this was his first top 10 since.
Here’s the top 10 in the world heading into the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open: Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia, Jim Furyk, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Bubba Watson, Jason Day, Matt Kuchar and Rickie Fowler.