DORAL, Fla. – Keegan Bradley was the lone figure stroking practice putts on Doral’s sprawling putting green late Monday, but south Florida was only a temporary stopover for the reigning PGA champion.
Bradley is bound for Augusta, Ga., on Tuesday to play a practice round with Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson. It will be Bradley’s second trip to Augusta National. He made his first visit three weeks ago with his father.
“My dad was freaking out, he loved it so much and it was even better because he played really well,” Bradley said. “It’s one of those places that lives up to your expectations.”
Bradley – who borrowed an Augusta National yardage book from Phil Mickelson’s caddie, Jim “Bones” Mackay – said he plans to take one more trip to the home of the Masters before the year’s first major, probably the week before during the Shell Houston Open.
“When I played it was lightning fast and they put the Sunday pins in for us,” he smiled. “Augusta is going to be very important to me and I plan on playing as much as I can.”