KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Fifty-two weeks ago, the last putt dropped at the PGA Championship and Keegan Bradley joined the list of major champions, a list that includes many of his biggest idols growing up as a child.
With the victory came much prestige. Bradley is now noticed more in public than ever before, he’s now eligible for all major championships for the next five years and, as the son of a PGA professional, he’s aware of the great history of the PGA Championship.
But he didn’t have a clue that he’d be responsible for the champions dinner, which the defending champion hosts each year on Tuesday evening.
“I knew of it, but that’s not something you think about after you win it,” Bradley said Tuesday at the Ocean Course. “I remember the next week, I think we were in The Barclays, and David Toms came up to me and said ‘what are we having for dinner?’
“Then the next week I’d have John Daly coming up to me, and then the next week Phil (Mickelson) would ask me. Then at Medalist the other day Tiger asked me.”
Bradley has invited his father Mark to the festivities and the menu, as you’d expect, has a distinct New England flair of Maine lobster with filet, corn on the cob and ice cream sundaes.
“I think it’ll be good,” Keegan said.