Keegan Bradley has a masterful closing
Keegan Bradley was never seen as a winner for four days and 71 holes at Firestone Country Club, until you got the most important putt to save par on the final hole. And by the way how things have occurred this year on the PGA Tour, no one should be surprised by the final result.
Two weeks after Adam Scott let go a four-stroke lead with an equal number of holes to play in the British Open, Jim Furyk looked profiling to complete the work from end to end, and keep the crown of the Bridgestone Invitational. Until he made double bogey on the 18-hole from the center of the green-and the story changed.
His putt for bogey from a distance of 5 feet never had a chance. Immediately, Furyk dropped the putter and bent in a combination of surprise and disgust. Thus, Bradley shot 64 (-6) in the final round, to total 267 (-13) and overcome by an impact to Furyk and Steve Stricker.
“I mastered the tournament and lost on the last hole”, Furyk said, “knowing that I was so close, playing well, but missed me is disappointing. It is a very cruel game, I lost so many”.
The most recent collapse of Furyk had been in the U.S. Open this year, when he had everything to gain, but fizzled in the last hole, that Webb Simpson eventually girds the crown. In Firestone, it was Bradley who wore as a large, pulling 31 in the second round, taking key putts, one after the other.
None was as important as the end of whole 18. After emerging from a sand trap with a difficult lie, put the 15-foot putt that ultimately resulted in the victory.
“No way I thought it was going to miss that putt”, said Bradley “was amazing, even I had to read it, knew exactly how I would break, but had to hit him hard enough”.
Bradley won for the third time in his career, most recently last year in the PGA Championship, will defend title this week at Kiawah Island.
It is the eleventh player who wins a “Major” and an event called “World Championship”, plus it rose to fourth in the ranking of the Ryder Cup
The curse of 54 holes
Keegan Bradley’s victory meant the time number 11 this year, and fourth in the last five tournaments where the winner of the event takes off a handicap of at least four shots in the final round to become champion.
So were at Firestone
Keegan Bradley 67-69-67-64-267 -13 1
T2 68-68-68-64-268 Steve Stricker -12
T2 63-66-70-69-268 Jim Furyk -12
4 Louis Oosthuizen -11 67-65-68-69-269
T5 Justin Rose 70-69-66-67-272 -8
Rory McIlroy T5 70-67-67-68-272 -8
Jason Dufner 67-66-73-68-274 -6 7
T8 -4 73-66-71-66-276 Aaron Baddeley
Tiger Woods T8 70-72-68-66-276 -4
T8 70-70-70-66-276 -4 Matt Kuchar
For this week
The PGA Tour staged its fourth major of the season, starting Thursday.
This time will be the turn of the PGA Championship, which will be held at the Ocean Course Kiawah Island Resort, Kiawah Island, South Carolina.
Keegan Bradley is the defending champion.
The tournament shared a bag of $ 8 million.