Bradley rides new short putter to T-3 at Isleworth


WINDERMERE, Fla. – That new putter seems to be working just fine for Keegan Bradley.

After putting the 40-inch Scotty Cameron Futura X5 Dual Balance putter in his bag this week at the Hero World Challenge, Bradley rolled in 24 birdies on greens that he claimed were “as tough as it gets.”

His 16-under 273 at Isleworth was good enough for a tie for third, 11 shots behind winner Jordan Spieth.

“This was one of the biggest tournaments of my career, to be honest with you,” Bradley said afterward, “to show myself that that putter is not an issue. Actually, it was probably the best I’ve putted all year. It’s a good surprise.”

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Bradley ended the year ranked No. 47 in strokes gained-putting. He appears set to ditch the belly putter, perhaps for good, in advance of the Jan. 1, 2016, anchoring ban.

As excited as he was about his own putting, Bradley still couldn’t keep pace with Spieth, who won for the second consecutive week while draining virtually every putt he saw.

When Spieth ran in another eagle putt Sunday, this time on 7, “I wanted to go over there and tackle him, break his putter,” Bradley said. “He was pretty much unbeatable this week.”

Said Spieth: “I was a little scared. He’s bigger than I am.”