AKRON, Ohio – Entering this week as the defending champion at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Keegan Bradley beat 71 of the world’s best golfer’s. Unfortunately for Bradley, the lone name ahead of him on the leaderboard finished seven shots clear.
“It was a really weird feeling because it was like a tournament within a tournament,” said Bradley, who fired a 3-under 67 Sunday at Firestone Country Club to tie for second alongside Henrik Stenson. “Coming in second is a big accomplishment considering Tiger had such a big lead.”
While Woods was busy lapping the field on the South Course, winning the event for a record eighth time, Bradley attempted to remain focused on a day where blustery winds and difficult pins meant only four players bettered his round of 67. In reflecting upon his runner-up showing, the third top-15 finish he has notched in three Akron appearances, Bradley chose to put a positive spin on this week’s result.
“In my eyes, I almost won,” he explained. “I almost defended, considering what Tiger is doing.”
With Woods staked to a seemingly insurmountable lead, Bradley admitted that he used much of Sunday’s final round as a way to actively prepare for next week’s PGA Championship at Oak Hill.
“I had lunch with Phil (Mickelson) before I played, and he was telling me to use this round as momentum into the PGA,” added Bradley. “I feel like I’m in a good spot for next week.”