November 27, 2022


World Travel Service

Keegan Bradley wins Zozo for 1st PGA Tour victory in 4 years

Keegan Bradley wins Zozo for 1st PGA Tour victory in 4 years

INZAI CITY, Japan — It was well worth the journey to Japan for Keegan Bradley, who received the Zozo Championship on Sunday with a final-round 2-under 68 to complete one shot forward of Rickie Fowler and Andrew Putnam for his first PGA Tour win in simply over 4 years.

Bradley raised each arms to the sky and was tearing up after clinching the victory with a tap-in on the 18th. Thirty minutes later, he was nonetheless choking again tears.

“I have been crying since I completed,” Bradley stated. “I am unable to keep in mind the final time I cried.”

He stated he talked to his spouse Jillian and mom Kaye in the USA on FaceTime after securing the long-sought victory.

“I could not preserve issues collectively. I do not know what’s mistaken with me,” he stated.

Bradley completed with a 15 underneath whole of 265 on the Accordia Golf Narashino Nation Membership on the outskirts of Tokyo, which hosts the one PGA Tour occasion in Japan.

He bogeyed two of the final 5 holes however got here by means of with a key birdie putt on the seventeenth to offer him a two-shot lead going into the 18th forward of enjoying companions Fowler and Putnam.

“I noticed if I made this putt I would have a two-shot lead,” Bradley stated. “And I simply buried it. The proper putt. It was meant to be, and I am happy with the best way I dealt with that gap.

“It is not going to be straightforward, I knew it wasn’t going to be straightforward. Issues aren’t straightforward for me usually. … I’ve by no means skilled feelings like this after a match.”

Bradley received the PGA Championship in 2011 to offer him a quick begin to his profession. The remainder has not been as straightforward.

“This [victory] is excessive up there,” he stated. “I actually put numerous work in throughout this offseason, and that is what I need to do. I need to win tournaments. I need to play Ryder Cups. I need to be within the dialog, and this can be a good begin.”

Bradley stated he took inspiration from Tiger Woods after enjoying 36 holes with him on the 2019 occasion, which Woods received.

“Watching him up shut was spectacular,” Bradley stated. “I used to be fascinated by it the entire day right now, simply remembering Tiger, how he walked a bit of slower then. So I simply tried to do this.”

Bradley’s final PGA Tour victory was in 2018 on the BMW Championship. That is his fifth Tour victory.

“Of my 5, I have not actually received that many main the complete day like I did right now,” Bradley stated. “I actually realized so much, and I feel I can take numerous that going ahead the remainder of the yr.”

Fowler additionally has not received on tour for greater than three years, and Putnam is winless in 4.

“Type of bittersweet,” stated Fowler, who led by one stroke after three rounds. “Clearly, I wished to get the job carried out.”