by Mike Livingston; Co-Host, The CaddyShack Radio Show
With the PGA Championship, golf’s fourth major just on the horizon, Keegan Bradley decided early August was as good a time as any to get hot again. The reigning PGA Champ has been very up-and-down since his breakthrough last year at the Atlanta Athletic Club but that inconsistency was on the upswing last Sunday as he shut the door on a world class field in a world class event that some say should be considered a major.
Bradley’s final round 64 was enough to overtake Jim Furyk, who was looking to go wire-to-wire but could muster only a -1, 69 on the final day, leaving him in a tie for second. He shared that runner’s-up slot with Steve Stricker who has had a very disappointing season to date. Stricker’s final round 64 may be just what the doctor ordered heading towards Kiowa Island, as well. In the end however, it was Bradley with a clutch birdie putt on 17th to take the lead and then an even more important (and impressive) par on eighteen.
Having hit his second shot into a bunker that ran away from him making his bunker shot very difficult, the matter was compounded when the ball plugged. No panic involved with Bradley who has also proven the knack for being clutch in such moments down the stretch in big tournaments, was again with a pitch to a place on the green that would give him the opportunity to make a putt. It was a very smart play. Smarter when he rolled the putt in, sealing the deal and taking home a very large, first-place check.
Again, all of this a prelude to this week’s PGA Championship at Kiowa Island, South Carolina. A continuing trend of a great venue for what has long been considered the least of the four majors. Let’s see how this one plays out…..who’s your pick? Let us know in The ‘Shack! We want to hear from you!…… We’re serious about our golf and hope you are too! We’ll be looking for you on The Caddy Shack Radio Show every Saturday morning from 6-8 a.m. on KNEWS 94.3 FM……Fore!
Mike Livingston is the Co-Host of The Caddy Shack Radio Show on KNEWS 94.3 FM on Saturday Mornings from 6:00-8:00 a.m.; Additionally, Mike is the Director of Management for Personalized Property Management Company, in Cathedral City.

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