So, Keegan Bradley’s 2017-18 PGA TOUR campaign didn’t get off to the start he had likely envisioned. He shot two rounds of level par 72 at the Safeway Open, but missed the cut by a single stroke. Still, the 2011 PGA Champion has got to be feeling good about the overall momentum he brings into the new season.
After a 2016 season that largely saw Bradley struggling to adjust to the anchor ban, Bradley is fresh off a season in which he went 23-of-29 in cuts made, including five top-ten finishes. Before this week, he hadn’t missed a cut since the Memorial, and he finished inside the top 15 in three of his last nine starts.
So, no, missing the cut in Napa isn’t great, but I’m expecting that to be more of a blip on the radar, as it was last year. As long as Bradley isn’t dwelling on it, he should be ready for a solid week at Kuala Lumpur.
Bradley has played the CIMB Classic three times, and he recorded his best finish there last year, coming in at solo sixth. He tied for 47th in a tough 2015 opener, but he also has a solo 10th on the record from 2013. Those are good numbers, as long as Bradley can keep the ball in control.
Look for Bradley to bounce back from an off week at the CIMB Classic.