DORAL, Fla. – For 14 holes on Sunday at Doral Keegan Bradley looked like the man to beat, needing just four holes to move past Bubba Watson and into the lead. It was the last four, however, that cost him his third PGA Tour title.
Bradley, who began the day three strokes behind Watson, eagled the first hole and was two strokes clear of the field before he made a mess of the par-5 eighth, needing four shots to reach the green, and began his slide out of contention.
The final blow for the PGA champion was a bogey at the 15th hole to drop three strokes behind eventual winner Justin Rose. Bradley played his last two holes in 3 over par to finish tied for eighth place.
Still, it marked Bradley’s sixth top-20 finish this season and qualified as a learning experience for the Tour sophomore.
“I did a good job of staying in the present there,” said Bradley, who closed with 75 to finish five strokes back. “Sometimes it’s tough when you fall out of contention, when you've been kind of in it all day to finish off. I’ve got to learn how to do that.”