Okay, maybe it wasn't Phil Mickelson missing a putt on the 18th for 58, but it did give Keegan Bradley his first ever Silly Season win, and a rather flashless title of Master of the Majors Winners. Yes, Keegan took down Charl Schwartzel, Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke, not exactly murderer's row of the end of 2011, but major winners nonetheless.
And with Bradley in a heated Player of the Year battle, the win can't hurt, right?
The short answer is no, it can't hurt. Even though it doesn't count, just having his name and "win" in the same sentence is enough to ignite certain parts of voter's brains. Keegan hasn't won since his incredible PGA Championship victory, but a win here just shows that he hasn't completely fallen off the map (And also makes Greg Norman look that much smarter).
The long answer is, well, it doesn't really matter. Like, at all. The Grand Slam of Golf was a cool idea back when golfers didn't make as much money as major motion picture companies. The big names would show up to just about anything for a six figure payout, and when you won a major, that meant a family trip to Hawaii or Bermuda or some place where the drinks all have umbrellas and packing the sun tan lotion is almost as important as the passport. These days, guys normally go to one Grand Slam of Golf and that's it (see Woods, Tiger and Mickelson, Phil), because they'd rather not bother themselves with another nonsensical golf tournament (remember, most PGA Tour players have their schedules marked down like building blueprints). If this tournament had been a month ago, it might have helped Keegan's chances at a Presidents Cup spot, but not now, and it probably won't do much for his shot at the Player of the Year (one major, another win, but not much else in the sense of consistency for the season).
So, let's give him the credit he rightfully deserves; in the smallest golf event you'll ever see, Bradley played well enough to win by a shot.
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- Darren Clarke
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