Destiny: Tour Rookie Keegan Bradley Dazzles Golf World, Triumphs at PGA Championship
The Golf World was dazzled…even shocked…at Keegan Bradley’s bold victory at the PGA Championship.
But for Oakley, it was hardly a surprise.
The PGA Tour rookie and budding O Team star displayed veteran-like poise in his intense three-hole playoff battle with Jason Dufner in front of a captivated global audience on Sunday – claiming his first major in dramatic fashion.
The son of a PGA Pro and the nephew of Pat Bradley – an LPGA World Golf Hall of Fame inductee – the young standout officially hit the map on the heels of a recent win at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. And considering the grand victory on his first try in Georgia, it’s safe to say that golf stardom definitely runs in his blood.
“I grew up going to Pat’s tournaments and totally idolizing her and wanting to be like her,” Keegan fondly recalled, rocking his head-to-toe Oakley Golf gear. “I remember as a kid going to her tournaments and literally staring her in the face and…she was so into it, she would not even recognize me. And I thought that was cool.”
The poise and killer instinct surely seems inherent in the family – judging from his masterful performance under pressure. He overcame a triple bogey late in the contest and sunk a 40-foot putt into the 17th to stay in the game and push Dufner to a playoff. Keegan trailed Dufner by five shots as he headed for the 16th hole.
“Somebody could have a five shot lead, it doesn’t matter,” he later recalled. “I tried to steady myself and hit the best drive of the week on 16.”
If the 16th wasn’t quite good enough, it was lucky 17 that powered him back into the game. It marked his second straight birdie – which brought him to eight-under.
“It would be a putt I’ll never forget the rest of my life.”
No one else will forget it any time soon, either.
“It seems like a dream and I’m afraid I’m going to wake up here in the next five minutes and it’s just not going to be real,” said Keegan, who exudes the spunk inherent in all O Golf Team athletes.
But the Wanamaker Trophy really is his. And his name is now amongst the World’s elite, as the major win catapulted him from a World No. 108th ranking, to No. 29.
A huge congratulations from the Oakley family on the enormous victory and the official arrival as one of the top pros on the Planet!