Keegan Bradley Takes Control After Brutal Saturday At TPC Potomac

Keegan Bradley, 2022 Wells Fargo Championship,(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Keegan Bradley, 2022 Wells Fargo Championship,(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

Keegan Bradley survived brutal scoring conditions on Saturday at the 2022 Wells Fargo Championship and he will take the lead into Sunday in search of a first victory since 2018.

It was 2018 the last time Keegan Bradley tasted victory on the PGA Tour, that win came at the 2018 BMW Championship at Aronimink. Fast forward to this week and Keegan once again finds himself in contention in the North-Eastern part of the country.

On a day when scoring conditions were extremely difficult, it was Bradley who emerged from the pack. He turned in a 67, three under par round, on Saturday and will take the 54-hole lead into Sunday’s final round of the 2022 Wells Fargo Championship. Keegan’s round was the best on a day when just four players managed to get around TPC Potomac under par.

The cumulative scoring average of +3.71 was the highest that the field had produced this week, in fact, the only round that has averaged under par so far was the opening round on Thursday.

The 2011 PGA Championship winner started moving day five shots adrift of leader Jason Day, who had posted a ten under par tally through two rounds. The Australian struggled greatly on Saturday as did the majority of the field, meanwhile Bradley managed his way through his first nine holes on Saturday at even par.

Keegan Bradley began his climb up the leaderboard on the back nine after he made a birdie on the difficult Par 4, 11th hole. Keegan drained a 22-foot birdie putt on a hole that yielded just five in total on Saturday.

Bradley followed his success on the 11th with another birdie on the very next hole as he beautifully managed his way around the closing nine bogey-free with three birdies added to his tally. He will take a two-shot lead into Sunday’s final round.

Keegan Bradley will be looking for career win number 5 on Sunday

Not only would the victory be his first since 2018 and the 5th of his career, but it would also be the first time that Bradley won after taking a lead into the final round with all four of his previous wins coming after Keegan had trailed going into Sunday, as Justin Ray highlighted on Saturday.

Keegan Bradley recorded three top 10 finishes throughout the entirety of 2021 with his best finish coming at the 2021 Valspar Championship where he was runner-up to eventual winner Sam Burns. The 35-year-old has finished inside of the top 10 of an event two times already in 2022, this includes an impressive 5th place finish at the Players Championship in March.

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Sunday at the 2022 Wells Fargo Championship has the potential to be very special for Bradley as he looks to win for the first time in nearly four years.