NORTON, Mass. – Keegan Bradley entered the FedExCup Playoffs with high hopes, playing the first week at The Barclays on a course he was very familiar with (Black Course at Bethpage State Park) and then coming to his native New England for this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship.
But he missed the cut at The Barclays and then sweated out his status this week before making the cut on the number at TPC Boston.
In Sunday’s third round, however, he finally woke up, shooting a 8-under 63 that moved him inside the top 20 on the leaderboard. He’s now at 6 under for the tournament – probably too far back to make a final-round run at the leaders but certainly within striking distance of a top-10 finish.
“My grandma told me to shoot 63 today,” Bradley wrote on his Twitter account (@Keegan_Bradley) after his round. “She’s here for her first tournament and I needed to make that putt at 18 to do it."
The 63 is Bradley’s low round of the year, one better than the 64 he shot in the final round to win the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. It was also just two strokes off the course record and second lowest round of the week.
Bradley set the tone for his round with an eagle at the par-5 second when he knocked his second shot within 8 feet. He added three more birdies before the turn, including a 21-foot putt at the sixth and an approach shot to 1-1/2 feet at the ninth.
His birdie at the ninth was the first of three consecutive birdies. The only blemish on the day was a bogey at the 17th.
Another player who needed a good round Sunday was Sean O’Hair, who also made the cut on the number after making eagle on his final hole Saturday. O’Hair has not been happy with his putting (click here for story) but he rolled in three putts outside 10 feet, including a 33-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole Sunday for a 2-under 69.
- Keegan Bradley
- The Barclays