Keegan Bradley was great yesterday, finishing off a miraculous comeback to win the PGA Championship for his first PGA TOUR victory.
How many players can rebound from a triple-bogey on the 15th hole of the final round of a major championship to win? Now, how many rookies do you think could pull off such a stunt? Bradley not only did that but then, after Jason Dufner stuck his approach shot on the first playoff hole near the hole, he showed the mental toughness it takes for big victories by putting his approach inside Dufner's...a la Ben Hogan. Then, made birdie-par on the three hole playoff for the win.
It was brilliant. And, I hope Bradley continues to play at or near the top of leaderboards for some time.
But, I can't follow suit and anoint him as a mainstay on PGA leaderboards, like many of those on television and radio. It seems whoever wins a big tournament the golf analysts bask in the glow about how great this player is and how they will become a fixture in golf fans Sunday afternoon entertainment. It is just not that easy...ask Louis Oosthuizen, who brilliantly maneuvered around the Old Course at St. Andrews to win the 2010 Open Championship.
Oosthuizen created the same buzz in the final round and after winning that Bradley is receiving, except Bradley is American. I say he is American because it gives the talking heads something their audience to cheer for - an American on Sunday.
Commentators need more players like Bradley to take the reigns for American golf. Yes, Tiger Woods missed the cut. Phil Mickelson was, once again, a non-factor. The only American that really still matters is Dustin Johnson, and can't carry the torch by himself. Anthony Kim was there but his injuries...err...partying ways...have slowed his progress. Ryder Cup heros Hunter Mahan and Boo Weekley can't win. There is Steve Stricker, a solid player and top ranked American, but doesn't draw the young, fringe fan the PGA needs.
So, I hope Bradley continues his progress. He has the game, mental toughness and appeal to be successful on TOUR.