Keegan Bradley steals Bridgestone Invitational from Jim Furyk
By mustang6560 on 8/6/12
In a dramatic finish at Firestone Country Club, Keegan Bradley drained a 15-foot par putt on the 72nd hole to win the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.
"I didn't think for a second I was going to miss it," Bradley said. "It was unbelievable. I got behind it, and I barely even had to read it. I knew the exact way it was going to break. I just needed to hit it hard enough. I knew that. And it was dead center."Keegan did his part to win the tournament. The Vermont native closed with a bogey-free 6-under-par in the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational. But, he also received a handout, courtesy of Jim Furyk.
Heading into the final hole, Jim held a 1-stroke lead over his fellow playing partner Keegan. Needing a par to guarantee himself a spot in a potential playoff (birdie to guarantee victory) Jim hung his approach shot out to the right and it buried in the rough to the right of the green. Luckily, Keegan also hit his approach shot to the right of the green, so for a moment in time it looked like bogey might win it. But, Jim proceeded to duff his first chip and it barely cleared the greenside bunker and buried in the rough just short of the green.
Keegan was next to hit and played a smart chip to the center of the green, which setup his 15-foot par putt. Knowing Keegan had bogey wrapped up, Jim needed to save bogey for a chance to cap off his wire-to-wire victory or at least force a playoff if Keegan completed the improbable up-and-down. Unfortunately for Jim, his second chip was worse than his first and he finished with a double-bogey on the final hole to lose by 1-stroke to the 2011 PGA Championship champion.
I feel bad for Jim. He let another victory slip through his fingers. I'm not sure you can say he choked, but he came awfully close to it. Jim is a class act, though, and instead of acting like a sore loser, he accepted defeat just as he would have accepted victory. But, at the end of the day, it's hard to feel too bad for a multi-millionaire.
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Golf is such a strange game. You "lose" more than you win. The ultimate objective for most guys is to win, but second doesn't suck (with regards to a paycheck!). Good for Keegan - never giving up when it looked like there was no way he could get back in. You never know what the other guys are going to do.
Keegan is painful to watch with all that fidgeting he does in his pre-shot routine, but he can flat out play.
Keegan is definitely a battler. I enjoy watching his fight.
I"m glad Keegan kicked the spitting as a coping mechanism.
Furyk looked pretty jumpy on that last hole - probably overdid it on the 5-hr energy.
I was actually there (first time watching a PGA event in person and let me tell u: AWESOME and learned sooo much) and when Jim sunk the putt at 16 for birdie, i thought it was over: then keegan sunk his to make things interesting and alive... i should have remeber that its not over until the last ball drops in the cup (see Adam Scott)...
It's ok to say Jim choked. Even he knew it the second he hit that bogey putt.
Hmmm, Bradley stole the win or was given it in a gift wrapped box? I am inclined to consider the win a gift from Mr. Furyk.
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