Bradley: 'So much fun' caddying in Open qualifier


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Keegan Bradley is a major champion, three-time PGA Tour winner and the world’s 20th-ranked player, but this past Friday he had a new job.

He was a caddie.

Bradley looped for friend and former St. John’s University teammate Evan Beirne in a U.S. Open local qualifier.

“It was so much fun,” he said. “I had the best time.”

Beirne posted a 4-under 68 at Admiral’s Cove in Jupiter, Fla., but lost a four-for-two playoff and will be a second alternate for sectional qualifying.

“I was so into it,” Bradley admitted. “I was so nervous. When we got done, I thought he had made it, but he played great.”

The idea started innocently enough when Beirne, with whom Bradley has played “about 1,000 times,” asked his buddy to loop for him.

“I was like, ‘Are you sure? I don’t want to get in your way,’” Bradley said “I was so jacked up. I was doing yardages. I told him before the round, ‘Read all your own putts; if you want my help, call me in.’ He had me read a few.”

As for whether he’d do it again, Bradley maintained that he was hoping he’d have gotten that opportunity.

“I would love to do it again sometime. I was hoping he’d get through and then maybe I’d go fly in and caddie for him in sectionals. I didn’t expect it to be as much fun as it was.”