Bradley doomed by one bad swing, short putts


AVONDALE, La. – One bad swing on the sixth hole – and a bunch of nasty lip-outs – cost Keegan Bradley his first PGA Tour title in 20 months.

Two shots behind entering the final round of the Zurich Classic, Bradley tugged his tee shot into the water on the long sixth hole, leading to a deflating triple-bogey 7. He was unable to putt his way back into contention, either, requiring 34 putts en route to a T-8 finish at TPC Louisiana.

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“I took it pretty well,” Bradley said of the early triple. “I played really well after that, just a couple of three-putts and a couple of really bad lip-outs, but I take a lot away from being in contention.”

Bradley missed seven putts inside 10 feet, and his closing 75 matched the worst score of anyone who finished inside the top 30. He has not won since the 2012 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, though this marked his third top 10 in 13 starts this season.