Bradley (66) finds needed success in Mexico

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PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico – When Keegan Bradley walked off the final green at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, he had two reasons to smile.

First, he was one of the 51 players able to complete the final round despite a rain delay of 3 hours and 28 minutes, avoiding a Monday finish. But more importantly, Bradley closed with a bit of momentum, carding a final-round 66 to finish the week at 12 under.

“I actually played really well all week. I just had a really bad finish there on Friday,” Bradley said. “If I didn’t do that, I might have been right in there.”

He is currently tied for 10th, and while that result probably won’t hold up once the final round resumes, he is happy with his effort this week in Mexico.

“I really needed a good week like this pretty bad, so it feels good,” Bradley said. “I was pretty nervous there coming down the end, which is a little weird, just because I knew it was important for me to get one in here and feel good about a week for once.”

Bradley was making his third start of the new season, but his first with a new putter styled after the one currently employed by Matt Kuchar. The change proved effective, as Bradley took 30 or fewer putts during each round this week on the tricky paspalum greens at El Camaleon.

“This is the best I’ve putted through a week in a long time,” he said. “Just from first hole to last hole, I really rolled it nicely. It’s kind of a relief because I’ve been playing really good golf, just haven’t been making anything.”

Bradley’s final start of the year will come in South Africa at the Nedbank Golf Challenge, held Dec. 3-6.