Playing with a prototype HEX Chrome+ Golf Ball, Sang-Moon Bae took on the windy conditions and hit clutch shots under pressure to earn his first PGA Tour win at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. The Callaway staffer drained big putts late and hit great shots from tee-to-green over his final three holes.
Along with his HEX Chrome+ Ball, Bae used a Callaway Driver, Callaway Fairway Wood, an X Hot Pro Hybrid (18°), RAZR X Muscleback Irons and an Odyssey Tour Milled #1 Putter. He led the field in putting average, hit 73.6% of greens and averaged 308.5 yards per drive. Bae did all of this while facing high winds all week, especially on Sunday afternoon.
“The course was really tough,” Bae said after closing out his two-shot win. “The winds were very strong. I did very well this week.” The Callaway staffer and his HEX Chrome+ Ball stepped up under pressure on 16, 17 and 18. On the 16th, Bae hit a beautiful low wedge shot that spun to five feet from the cup, and he knocked in the birdie putt to take a one-shot lead.
Then on the par-3 17th, he played his tee shot through the wind and over the water to 20 feet below the hole. Finally on the brutal par-4 18th, he found the fairway, hit a solid second shot into the green and two-putted to clinch the win. With his beautiful swing and the way he deftly controlled his game down the stretch, this should be his first of many victories on Tour.
Bae’s win highlighted another big week for the HEX Chrome+ family of golf balls, which was Callaway’s #1 Golf Ball at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Gary Woodland, Stuart Appleby and Tommy Gainey all used it as well, and Phil Mickelson is currently playing it on Tour. HEX Chrome+ also received a gold medal in Golf Digest’s 2013 Golf Ball Hot List.