You Oughta Know: 2014 Open


NAPA, Calif. – After three rounds at Silverado Resort & Spa, Sang-Moon Bae has built a four-shot lead over an unheralded rookie in Zac Blair. Here’s what You Oughta Know heading into the final round of the Open:

• Bae holds a 54-hole lead for the first time in his PGA Tour career. His lone prior victory came at the 2013 HP Byron Nelson Championship, where he overtook Keegan Bradley during the final round.

• Since his breakthrough victory, Bae has yet to post another top-10 finish, with his best result in 36 starts coming at the 2014 Northern Trust Open, where he was T-12.

• Should Bae win, it would mark the fifth straight season in which a player of Korean descent has won on the PGA Tour, a streak that began with Kevin Na in 2011 and continued with John Huh (2012), Bae (2013) and Seung-Yul Noh (2013-14).

• Bae’s four-shot cushion is the largest in the seven-year history of this event, surpassing the three-shot leads held after 54 holes by Troy Matteson (2009) and Rocco Mediate (2010). Both went on to win.

• Making just his second PGA Tour start, Blair will begin the final round alone in second. He earned his PGA Tour card with a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship and finished T-40 at this year’s U.S. Open.

• One year after holding the 54-hole lead, Brooks Koepka is again in contention at the Open. Koepka finished third last year and will begin the final round tied for third, five shots behind Bae after a third-round 67.

• Both Matt Kuchar and Hunter Mahan appear to have handled any potential Ryder Cup hangover. Just two weeks after the U.S. team left Gleneagles, Kuchar is tied for third while Mahan will begin Sunday tied for seventh, one shot further back.