Bradley feeling right at home

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Keegan Bradley reveals that playing in the Irish Open is especially meaningful to him because of his Irish ancestry.

Keegan Bradley reveals that playing in the Irish Open is especially meaningful to him because of his Irish ancestry.

The American is one of a number of former Major winners who are taking part in the event which is being held at Royal Portrush and he reveals he’s received a very warm welcome from the locals as he begins his first tournament on European soil.

“I’ve wanted to play ever since I was a little kid and this year it worked out perfectly,” said Bradley.

“Maybe in the years to come I’ll come a little earlier or stay a little later so I could have some time to experience the country a little more.

“But I’ve got to see a lot of the local tourist spots and I’ve just been having a blast.

“I wasn’t sure how I was going to be accepted and everybody has just been so great. For them to say ‘Welcome Home’ is a pretty special feeling. It gives me chills.”

Bradley is paired with world number three Rory McIlroy for the first two days of the event.

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