Bradley wins after Furyk collapses
Keegan Bradley made the most of Jim Furyk’s final hole meltdown to walk away with the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational silverware.
American Keegan Bradley made the most of Jim Furyk’s final hole meltdown to walk away with the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational silverware.
Furyk led the first three rounds at Firestone and appeared to be on course to win his first World Golf Championship but a double bogey on the 18th hole sunk his chances.
The error saw him to drop 12-under-par for the event – one shot behind Bradley who had just moments earlier made a 15-foot par putt to finish his final round with six-under.
The win sees Bradley move up from ninth to fourth in the Ryder Cup standings as he heads into his defence of the USPGA Championship at Kiawah Island this weekend.
“I still can’t believe it,” the 26-year-old said.
“I didn’t think for a second I was going to miss it,” he added to the USPGA Tour website.
“It was unbelievable. I got behind it, and I barely even had to read it. I knew the exact way it was going to break. I just needed to hit it hard enough. I knew that. And it was dead centre.”
For Furyk it was another case of so close but yet so far at Firestone as he also lost a seven-hole play-off to Tiger Woods 11 years ago.
“There’s no way I should have made worse than five,” the veteran said.
“I’ve no-one to blame but myself and when things go wrong it’s an empty pit.
“I’m disappointed – I saw my boys crying after the round and I guess it reminds you as an adult and a parent that you have to act in the proper way and do and say the right things.
“At worst I should be in a play-off. If I put the third shot on the green I put a lot of pressure on him to make that putt.
“For my fifth shot I hit the worst putt of the week.”
Steve Stricker also carded a six-under final round to finish tied second with Furyk while a 69 from Louis Oosthuizen saw him claim fourth place.
Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose were tied for fifth after carding a 68 and 67 respectively while world number two Woods was tied for eighth with, among others, Luke Donald and fellow Englishman Lee Slattery.
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