Monday, August 15, 2011

Bradley's victory a perfect storm

Throughout the day Sunday at the PGA Championship, Keegan Bradley appeared to be the most fired up and intense golfer on the course. To me, it looked like he really wanted it more than anyone else.

Even after he chipped his ball into the water at 15 and made a triple-bogey, he didn't mail it in. He immediately came back with consecutive birdies at 16 and 17 to ramp up the pressure on Jason Dufner.

As the two players headed into the playoff, Bradley had all the momentum, played the three holes in 1-under par, and defeated Dufner by one stroke. It was a tough loss for Dufner, but Bradley seemed destined to win this one.

After the round, Bradley credited his famous sports psychologist Bob Rotella with really helping get his mind correct before the tournament began. It goes to show how the proper attitude and mental outlook can help a player win a tournament.

Bradley also mentioned that Phil Mickelson and Camillo Villegas had helped him throughout the week with advice. It can't hurt to have multiple winners providing their past experience.

As if that isn't enough, Bradley is also the son of a PGA teaching professional and nephew to Pat Bradley, a six-time major winner on the LPGA Tour.

It seems Keegan Bradley got help from many angles at the PGA Championship, and used everything he learned to create the perfect storm in winning his first major.