In less than five months, Keegan Bradley will defend the Wanamaker Trophy in the PGA Championship at the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island. He was introduced to the brutal test on Thursday.
“This golf course is going to be spectacular. If the wind blows, I think that the winning score could be over par,” he said during a media day press conference.
He added, “I think (based on) your tee time, you could get a good and bad wave on the tee times. That's just luck of the draw.
The Senior PGA Championship was held on Kiawah in 2007, where Denis Watson won on 9-under par. Regardless of the winning score, Bradley sees the Ocean Course as a complete examination.
“I think that it's going to be a complete player that wins this tournament. I think you need to drive it well. And also, you need to hit it in the correct area on the greens and stay away from these collection areas that my boy over here put it in,” Bradley said, pointing to designer Pete Dye.
For the championship, Dye made changes to better define bunkers and avoid balls plugging – both into the grassy and sandy faces. The PGA Championship certainly does not need another bunker blunder on a Dye track like at Whistling Straits in 2010.
Bradley expects nothing less than a stern test, but admits his experience is limited.
“I know when you come to a major championship, I have only played in one of them, but this is what I hear, they are all really tough,” he joked.