There are moments in sports that make you rise up out of your seat and cheer. The final round of this year's PGA Championship was one of those moments. One of our own became one of the most unlikely winners of a major golf tournament.
Keegan Bradley grew up in Woodstock, Vermont. He moved to Hopkinton before his senior year in high school. He led Hopkinton to its first ever state golf title and was named Massachusetts high school golfer of the year.
A quick note here - Keegan's aunt is Pat Bradley - LPGA Hall of Famer, winner of 31 tour events, including six majors. Pat is from Westford and every time Pat won a tournament her mother Kathleen would ring a cow bell on the back porch until everyone within listening distance would hear the bell and know that Pat had won again. That bell is now in the World Golf Hall of Fame. Back to Keegan. A few years ago he was
on the Nationwide tour, down to his last \$1,000. A family friend wired
him some money to keep him going. He was struggling but earned his tour
card. Fast forward to the final round of this year's PGA. His family
rented a house and when he left for the course for the final round his
mother packed him some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and Keegan
told his mom he was going to win the whole thing.
Did he ever!
by 5 strokes with 3 holes to play Keegan found something deep inside.
He won in a playoff and became just the third player to win a major golf
tourney on his first try in the last 100 years. Keegan's paycheck for
the day? \$1.445 Million! He jumped from #108 in the world rankings to
#29, four spots ahead of Tiger Woods. He is automatically in the US
Open, the Masters and British Open for the next five years and has a
lifetime entry into the PGA Championship.
His 87 year old
grandmother, who used to ring the bell for her daughter Pat, was so
nervous, she had to watch the final round alone. As for his Aunt Pat,
she watched on the Cape and when Keegan sunk his final putt to win it,
Pat found a bell from a ship and rang it endlessly! After all, it's a
Bradley family tradition. Just like winning. Well done Keegan. You made
all of us New Englanders stand up and cheer!