Not bad for a last minute substitute.
Padraig Harrington, who accepted the invite when Ernie Els had to withdraw due to an ankle injury, is your leader at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf after shooting a 5-under-par 66. HE carded seven birdies and two bogeys. Two shots back is Masters champ Bubba Watson at -3. US Open Champ Webb Simpson sits in third at -2 while defensing champ and 2011 PGA champ Keegan Bradley is the only player over pat at +1.
But if you watch the Grand Slam of Golf, you get a feeling this is a little more than the golf itself. It’s a opportunity to gain more insight into how players play a course. With the players wearing mics, we get to hear strategy a litt more than we do for a normal tour event. We are also privy to random conversation that can occur. Granted, playing at Port Royal in Southhampton, Bermuda will lead to more chatter than talk of strategy.
But these guys will play for the win. Remember last year?
Bradley and Rory McIlroy, who declined an invite and oddly enough, that is why Bradley is in Bermuda, were tied at -4 after the first round. McIlroy fell by the wayside during the second and final round, carding a 75. Charl Schwartzel mounted a huge comeback which began with with five straight birdies to close out the front nine. Bradley started out in the opposite direction with bogeys on three of the first six holes. Heading into the back nine, Schwartzel and Bradley were tied at -2.
Bradley was flawless over that back nine posting a 33. Schwartzel posted a 34 with the par-3 13th being the difference. Bradley parred while Schwartzel bogeyed the hole. After Schwartzel converted a birdie putt on the 17th, Bradley matched that birdie and went on to win. For his win, Bradley pocketed a cool $600,000. Not bad for a couple of days at work…in Bermuda.
TNT will have coverage of the final round beginning at 4 PM ET on Wednesday.