Tiger Who?! Am I right, you guys!? No, I’m kidding. That’s not an interesting narrative at all. Sure, Tiger Woods played golf poorly this week, and was conspicuously absent this weekend while a good chunk of guys a lot of people probably haven’t really heard of, and then a couple of them, contended for the seasons final major. It happens. So much has been, and will be written about Tiger Woods playing golf poorly, I don’t think at this point we ourselves need to contribute to that insurmountable wall of sound. Hey, Keegan Bradley won! Let us talk about that!
Keegan Bradley won! He played really good golf for quite a while, except for one hole, and then he went back to playing really good golf. After that triple-bogey on 15, I’m not ashamed to admit that I completely wrote him off. The back nine, up until then, had been so gosh darn exciting. The leaderboard was all ashuffle, Jason Duffner was holding strong, guys were making moves. And then, Keegan Bradley, hole 15. Some other players made mistakes at around the same time elsewhere on the course. And when that 6th, painful stroke finally found the bottom of the cup, I was kind of deflated. The tournament was over. Jason Duffner was going to earn himself a much deserved but not-wire-to-wire-and-super-exciting major victory. Good for him.
Then more things happened. Let’s take a pause and talk about Dufner for a second. He played awesome. He seems awesome. Had he won, a lot of people would have been really happy for him and he would have deserved that kind of adulation. There’s something extremely satisfying watching a guy stripe drive after drive right down the middle of the fairway, and then hit greens all day with long irons, because lest we forget, he doesn’t hit the ball like a superhuman. Even the waggle was cool. It grew on me. I’ll definitely copy Dufner’s pre-shot routine for a ball or two the next time I go to the range. It’s going to happen. We might sit here and question his decision to hit 5-wood at the 15th, having just watched Bradley make a huge number. A 3-iron onto the safe part of the green probably would have sufficed. But whatever. He’s a professional golfer who made his best choice, and barely missed. These things tend to happen.
As I said, then more things happened. Keegan Bradley decided that he didn’t really care all that much about his triple-bogey. He decided to put it out of his mind with a couple of birdies, and an insane putt. The rest of the field kind of faded away. Dufner bogeyed, and again, and again. And things went on into a 3-hole playoff where both golfers stiffed their approach shots. To my eye, Dufner exhibited his first real mental lapse with that putt on 16. His putter kind of stuck. Some combination of his stroke, mind, and body failed him. After that, the tournament took the natural course it had been threatening to go on ever since Bradley holed his incredible birdie on 17 many moments prior.
So, Keegan Bradley won. He deserved to win. Not many golfers can contend all week, play their hearts out, and then somehow shake off a triple-bogey on the back nine of a major on Sunday. Bradley was able to do just that, and it was wonderful to witness. He showed a tremendous amount of guts, and heart, and whatever other internal organs that represent fortitude. We’ll end this sprawling recap and move on to the equipment. Many are going to make a big fuss about the putter Bradley used on his way to victory. You see, it’s long. It rests against his stomach when he putts. To some, this is a big deal and we should all yell and scream about it. But, I don’t happen to agree. So let’s not. Let’s take a few more minutes and give the kid a ton of credit for an amazing win. The putter debate will still be there in a week or so. The equipment Keegen Bradley used was as follows:
Driver: Cleveland Launcher UltraLite TL310 (10.5°) with Miyazaki Kusala Blue 61 shaft
Fairway Wood: Cleveland Launcher FL (14°) with Miyazaki Kusala Black 83 shaft
Hybrids: Cleveland Launcher DST (18°) with Project X XHB6 shaft / Mashie TM3 (20.5°) with Miyazaki C Kua 105 shaft
Irons: Cleveland CG7 Tour (4-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
Wedges: Cleveland CG14 (52°, 58°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold shafts
Putter: Odyssey White Hot XG Sabertooth Putter, 46.75”
Ball: Srixon Z-Star