After overcoming what was thought to be a case of food poisoning on Friday, 27 year-old Keegan Bradley came back with vengeance and a third-round 65 on Saturday at the Zurich Classic, and will play in the final group on Sunday. The 2011 PGA Champ hasn’t won on the PGA Tour since the 2012 WGC-Bridgestone Classic, and missed the cut at the Masters.
Bradley woke up sick on Friday morning and was afraid he wouldn’t be able to make his tee time, but toughed it out and carded a -6 under par 66 for his effort. Thankfully, he felt good, on Saturday and was able to get back to the business of trying to win a golf tournament. He trails South Korean, Seung-Yul Noh by two strokes when they take the first tee Sunday afternoon.
“I felt so great today, from the first tee to the range to the last hole,” Bradley said. “I’m most proud this week of where I’ve been mentally on the golf course and how calm I’ve felt.”
The story of this tournament so far is 22 year-old Seung-Yul Noh. Not only has the young South Korean been able to pull out to a two-shot lead, he has done it without a single bogey on the par 72 Pete Dye layout at TPC Louisana after 54 holes. Noh has hit 45 of 54 green this week, and leads the field in proximity to the hole on a pretty difficult golf course.
“That’s just this week,” Noh said with a laugh about his impeccable ballstriking (he ranks 88th on TOUR in the stat this season). “That’s why I’ve played three good bogey-free rounds.”
Noh is not very-well known on the PGA Tour, and has had only five top ten finishes including a T 4 at the 2012 AT&T National since earning his tour card at age 19. He is currently ranked 174th in the world, and is 71st in FedEx Cup points. A win in Avondale would go a long way in securing a nice future in professional golf.
Thirty-six hole leader, Ben Martin had what appeared to be a case of nerves on Saturday, and couldn’t get going in the third round. Martin picked up a couple of bogeys on the front nine and one birdie at the seventh hole, but went even par for the backside and carded a one over par 73 for the day.
He is four back in a tie for fourth place with Jeff Overton, and Andrew Svoboda when action resumes in the Sunday finale’. Martin didn’t have a stellar third round, but didn’t play himself out of this event either.
TPC Louisana is a tough place to play golf, and the weather is not expected to cooperate on Sunday. Wind and possible thunder showers could be on tap to make a win at the Zurich Classic a well-earned victory. I think it’s anyone’s tournament to win…. or lose!