KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Defending champion Keegan Bradley struggled to a 77 Friday at the PGA Championship, but that couldn’t keep this high-energy optimist from being almost giddy over his weekend prospects.
Bradley ended his round on a high note, getting up and down from the sand at the 18th with a 12-foot putt for par.
“I’m still right in it,” said Bradley, who won last week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. “I’m only five back.”
At 1-over 145, he is tied for 15th, five back of Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh and Carl Pettersson.
Bradley seemed inspired by Woods' ability to post an under-par score in Friday’s high winds.
“You definitely can shoot under par out here,” Bradley said. “I watched a guy do it today.”
Bradley called Woods’ 71 one of the best rounds he has ever seen.