2011 PGA Champ, Keegan Bradley went out early Friday morning and carded a -5 under par 67 at The Arnold Palmer Invitational to get within three shots of the lead Adam Scott set on Thursday. He got in the clubhouse at Bay Hill with a -7 under par total with Scott playing this afternoon. It’s been a while since we have had the pleasure of seeing the 27 year-old nephew of LPGA legend Pat Bradley on a leaderboard.
Bradley teed off on the back nine carding birdies at 11, 15 and 16 before making his only bogey ofthe day at 18. He made the turn at 34, and added three birdies on the front including one at nine, his finishing hole. He is in a three-way tie with Puerto Rico Open champ, Chesson Hedley and J.B. Holmes who shot 68 and 69 respectfully.
With the current cut line at one over par, the trio should be in a nice position for Moving Day tomorrow.
Keegan Bradley has been a man of mystery over the past two years. He has had a respectful game in 2014, but has joined the group of journeyman golfers who show up every week, but usually don’t win many tournaments. Certainly not the highly charged player we saw at the 2011 PGA Championship almost four years ago, and not the fiery Phil Mickelson partner we saw at the Ryder Cup in 2012.
He has only missed one cut in 2014, that coming at the Phoenix Open, but on the other side of the coin has only one top ten finish at the CIMB Classic.
Keegan had a mediocre 2013 posting two second place finishes, and seven top ten’s but no win. He ended the season in tenth place on the FedEx Cup list, but just can’t seem to find the magic he had in previous years. One of his runner-up finishes were at The WGC-Bridgestone, where he was the defending champion from 2012.
Keegan Bradley is one of the promising young stars on the PGA Tour that needs to find a way to get his game back on track. He’s very animated, and I love to watch him play. He can drive the ball with the big hitters, hits almost 60% of his fairways, and at 67% with Greens in Regulation. His big problem seems to be the flat stick.
On the year, Bradley is -0.006 in Strokes Gained Putting. It almost seems like he took the criticism for using the long putter to heart, and has given up on it. He is going to have to abandon it soon, so why not now?
What he is doing isn’t working, maybe it’s time to start working on living without the broom-stick. He needs to do like the rest of us, and get a regular sized putter!
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