ORLANDO, Fla. – Keegan Bradley couldn’t author his own Tiger moment Sunday at Bay Hill.
On the final green, Bradley faced a similar putt to the dramatic one that Woods made in 2009 – when he threw off his cap and celebrated yet another title at Arnie’s Place.
This time, Bradley’s birdie bid from 29 feet straightened out near the cup and slid by. At 12-under 276, he settled for second behind winner Matt Every.
“I was actually thinking about that Tiger putt,” he said afterward. “I remember his putt breaking in there really hard. I vividly remember that putt. I hit an absolutely perfect putt, perfect speed. It just didn’t break in.”
Still, it’s the best finish of the season for the three-time PGA Tour winner, who changed swing coaches in the offseason and didn’t have a top 10 in his last eight starts.
Bradley began the final round three shots behind Adam Scott, but got off to a terrible start with a double bogey on No. 2 and another dropped shot on 3. He made birdies on Nos. 12, 16 and 17 to make things interesting, but on the final green he couldn’t force a playoff.
“I just loved that moment,” he said. “I’m really proud of the way I played.”