Keegan Bradley secured his first win on the PGA Tour in more than six years on Monday, and he needed plenty of help from Justin Rose to get there.
Both Bradley and Rose played well during the final round, making three birdies each on the back nine before bogeying the 18th. However, Rose’s bogey on 18 was particularly bad, as a par would have given him the win. He hit a rough second shot and then a poor pitch before lipping out on a lengthy putt.
Justin Rose … for the win … pic.twitter.com/eRYqLVnCgS
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) September 10, 2018
That miss sent the tournament to a playoff. Both Bradley and Rose struggled again on the sudden death hole, hitting their second shots over the green. However, Bradley chipped his third shot to tap-in distance while Rose left himself some work. Rose ended up missing the putt, giving Bradley the win.
Golf is hard. pic.twitter.com/DxAC6aHvr4
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) September 10, 2018
The silver lining for Rose is that the top-two finish moved him to No. 1 in the World Golf Rankings. He has also secured a top-five spot in the Tour Championship next week, and anyone in the top five who wins that event automatically wins the FedEx Cup and a $10 million bonus. Still, losing like he did had to hurt.
Congratulations to Keegan Bradley! The 29-year-old golfer got engaged to girlfriend Jillian Stacey over the weekend, Stacey announced on Twitter Wednesday.
He made me the happiest girl in the world over the weekend! I get to spend the rest of my life with my best friend pic.twitter.com/dKyNpe7pz9
— Jillian Stacey (@JillianStacey1) September 2, 2015
Bradley and Stacey have been dating since at least 2012. They are both from New England and fans of the local sports teams.
Stacey has been traveling to events with Bradley for the past few years and caddied for him at the Masters Par-3 event:
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Rory McIlroy has no idea how he ended up wearing a kilt and orange wig in his celebration after winning the Ryder Cup last weekend. But the golfer from Northern Ireland does recall a small prank the Americans played on him.
McIlroy told reporters this week he received a text message from Keegan Bradley telling him to come over to the American room to party and found nobody there.
Via the Daily Record:
“I slipped out of the European team room around 10pm to join my friends and parents in the bar and I got a text from Keegan Bradley about 10.30 that was very funny, basically just inviting me to the US team room.
“But when I got there there’s two security guys at the door who said I’m not sure they’re letting anyone in at the moment. I said ‘What are you talking about?’ and he said he’d go and check.
“So I’m standing there at the US team door for five minutes, which just felt so strange. Then he comes back and says Patrick Reed says they’re not letting anyone in yet.
“Patrick Reed! So I said ‘fine’ and went back to the European team room to find a couple of the US guys waiting in there. They had obviously planned it and had a good laugh at me.
“So we all piled into the US team room and had a good time with everyone. It was a great way to cap off a great week.“
McIlroy obviously didn’t take the Americans toying with him poorly because he obviously went on to have a great time. And don’t ask him how he ended up in the wig and kilt; he says he kind of forgot everything after midnight. We’re guessing it was another Jagermeister night for Rory.
Golf fans will eventually stop shouting “baba booey!” after players hit shots when the trend fizzles out in favor of some other mashed potatoes-type chant. But it would appear Keegan Bradley doesn’t want it to end.
Bradley showed off what looks like a new wedge on Instagram on Thursday, and he has “bababooey” engraved into it. Based on the recent Twitter exchange he had with Howard Stern, I’m going to guess Ian Poulter does not approve.
We know some golfers like Jason Dufner have admitted they don’t mind when fans yell stupid things, but I think Keegan took it a bit too far. The “baba booey” chant is decent, but I’m still more of a mashed potatoes guy. To each his own.
Keegan Bradley and Carl Pettersson are among the professional golfers who use long or belly putters, and both say they plan to fight the US Golf Association’s proposed ban on the anchoring stroke used with those putters.
Both golfers spoke out from the WGC-HSBC Championship in China this week.
“I’ve kind of kept my mouth shut on this for a while, but I think it’s time that people hear our side of it,” Bradley (pictured) said on Wednesday. “The last thing I want to do is speak out and attract a bunch of attention, but I just think they’ve got to do what’s right for the players, as well. There’s a chunk of us that have been doing this and put hours and hours of work in, and it would be a shame to take that away from us.”
The issue came to the forefront after Bradley won the PGA Championship last year using a long putter. Webb Simpson and Ernie Els also won majors since then using belly putters.
A decision is expected to come by the end of the year, according to Golfweek. A ban of the long putters because of the anchoring stroke likely wouldn’t be implemented until 2016 because the rules of golf are only changed every four years.
Pettersson has been using a long putter for 16 years and believes he would be at a huge disadvantage if the rules changed.
“If they ban it, I feel like I’m 16 years behind practicing with a short putter and it would just be a shame,” he said. “I think it’s a pure reaction to a couple guys winning majors — it was going to happen sooner or later.”
Bradley and Pettersson say they would consider legal action to fight a ban, and they say more golfers could join their fight.
Tiger Woods was one of the golfers who spoke out against long putters. In February, he said he thought the putter should be equal to or shorter than the smallest club in a golfer’s bag. It seems like the golf organizations are going to consider the possibility of eliminating the anchoring stroke, but if they’re met with legal opposition, it will probably be difficult to enforce.
Those of you who watched the Northern Trust Open over the weekend were treated to a Major-like atmosphere. Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley both hit long putts on the 18th hole to force a three-way playoff with Bill Haas, who won the event by sinking a 45-foot putt on the second playoff hole. Does it get any better than that?
Despite the excitement, Bradley still found himself having to make an apology after the tournament ended. Keegan has a habit of spitting before lining a shot up, and apparently this offended some people in the golf world. He apologized on Monday.
“Id like to apologize for my spitting,” Bradley tweeted. “It’s like a reflex, I don’t even know I’m doing it, but it’s a longtime habit I’ve got to try to conquer.”
I love golf, but these are the types of non-stories that annoy me when it comes to the “gentleman’s game.” As the Golf Channel pointed out, Pat Perez and Dustin Johnson were also caught spitting during the final round on Sunday. The horror!
It’s not as though Bradley was hocking up lung biscuits in frustration. He obviously has a habit — albeit one that people may not enjoy looking at. There are much worse things in life than a guy spitting on a golf course.
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- Keegan Bradley
Keegan Bradley may never win another major championship for the rest of his life. As long as he pockets enough winnings to live a comfortable life, he may not care. The truth of the matter is Bradley was just another bro who took home a massive piece of hardware from a Major PGA golf tournament. Bradley took the McIlroy approach to celebrating the biggest win of his life by filling his trophy up and enjoying a cold beverage. Check out the pictures of Keegan Bradley drinking out of the PGA Championship trophy, courtesy of Busted Coverage:
A lot of people are hating on Bradley because he came out of nowhere. We’re hearing a lot of rumblings that his victory proves “anyone can win” a major tournament. What does that even mean? He still won it. On top of that he’s a down-to-earth kid who said getting a text from Tom Brady was the” coolest thing that’s ever happened” to him. Younger players winning tournaments makes the game more fun. You think I like Keegan because he’s a die-hard Red Sawx fan? Psh — give me a little credit.
Pics from Keegan Bradley’s Twitter page.