Sang-Moon Bae wins Open as rookies impress

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The opening tournament of the 2014-2015 PGA Tour season concluded Sunday as Sang-Moon Bae won the Open with an impressive showing of 15-under par. The real story however revolved around the new tour graduates in the field.

Everyone was eager to see how the first-timers would fare on the big stage. Jon Curran, the former high school teammate of Keegan Bradley, wasted no time finishing in a tie for eighth place, the highest out of any rookie in the field.

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Impressive performances

The 27-year-old turned in a 2-under 70 on the final day to take home $168,000 dollars and a whole lot of confidence as he looks to find a home on the PGA Tour.

Next in line out of the rookies were Tony Finau and Zachary Blair who tied for 12th place at 10-under par. Finau played consistent golf over the weekend turning in a pair of 68s. The former Big Break contestant is only 24 and came in 12th place at the Tour finals.

The Utah native has a ton of potential and a lot of distance and averaged 305.9 yards off the tee at the Open. Finau and Blair will look to build off their hot starts next week when the PGA Tour continues at the Schriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.

Consistent golf

Other notable rookies who made the cut include Adam Hadwin finishing tied for 53rd at 2-under par and Carlos Ortiz at 1-under par overall. Hadwin and Ortiz were the two highest ranked rookies coming into the season.

Hadwin, the Canadian native and University of Louisville graduate finished in first place at the Tour finals, and Ortiz, the 23-year-old from Dallas Texas came in third place.

Also making the most of his week was Cameron Wilson, who tied for 31st place shooting even over the weekend to finish the tournament at 5-under par. Wilson graduated from Stanford University last year after winning the individual title at the NCAA Division 1 Championship.

The former Cardinal has a lot of game already having qualified for two US Opens. This was the first of several sponsor exemptions Wilson will play in this year in pursuit of his PGA Tour card.

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