Role reversal: Bradley caddies at Open qualifier


Keegan Bradley has plenty of experience inside the ropes, but Friday he branched out by caddying for friend Evan Beirne during a U.S. Open local qualifier in Jupiter, Fla.



Bradley and Beirne both live in Jupiter, and their collegiate careers briefly overlapped at St. John's. Like Bradley, Beirne is from New England - Connecticut, specifically - and after turning professional in 2011 he's now playing the mini-tour circuit in Florida.

Bradley, who is exempt into the U.S. Open by virtue of his world ranking and 2011 PGA Championship win, tied for eighth last week at the Zurich Classic. He took this week off - and has spent some of his down time live tweeting Boston Bruins playoff hockey games - before returning to his more familiar role as player next week at TPC Sawgrass.

The 18-hole event Friday at Admiral's Cove officially kicked off qualification for the U.S. Open. A total of 111 local qualifiers will be held from now until May 19, followed by a pair of international sectional qualifiers on May 26 and a total of 10 sectionals across the U.S. on June 2.

As it turns out, Bradley has some skills as a bag man. Beirne shot a 68 in the qualifier, but lost a 4-for-2 playoff for the final qualifying spots. He'll be second alternate from the Jupiter site, still with a chance to make it to sectionals.

The U.S. Open will be held June 12-15 at Pinehurst (N.C.) No. 2.