AKRON, Ohio -- Keegan Bradley felt as though he should have had another PGA Tour victory by now. He might not have guessed it would happen at Firestone on Sunday.
But it did, and Bradley’s win at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational boosted him up to No. 15 in the latest edition of the Official World Golf Ranking. Bradley had entered the week at No. 28.
Meanwhile, Jim Furyk, who lost in such heartbreaking fashion on Sunday, rose from No. 34 up to 28th place.
There was little change in the top 10 last week, as Luke Donald remained No. 1, followed by Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. Lee Westwood stayed in fourth, with U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson holding on to fifth place.
Bubba Watson climbed up a spot from seventh to sixth, while Adam Scott dropped down from sixth into seventh. Jason Dufner stuck in eight place, followed by No. 9 Matt Kuchar and No. 10 Justin Rose.
The second 10 includes No. 11 Steve Stricker (up from 14th), No. 12 Graeme McDowell (down from 11th), No. 13 Zach Johnson (down from 12th), No. 14 Hunter Mahan (down from 13th), No. 15 Bradley, No. 16 Louis Oosthuizen (up from 19th), No. 17 Ernie Els (down from 15th), No. 18 Dustin Johnson (down from 16th), No. 19 Phil Mickelson (down from 17th) and No. 20 Rickie Fowler.
At Firestone, Bradley was one shot behind, a deficit that looked even larger when he walked up to the 18th green and saw only the top half of his golf ball, the rest of it buried in sand. Jim Furyk, who had led the entire way, was in a collar of rough just outside the bunker.
What followed left both of them surprised.
With a slightly downhill lie, Furyk tried to sweep the shot over the bunker and came down a little steep with his wedge. The ball barely cleared the bunker and nestled into thick grass. More groans from the gallery followed when he chopped that out about 5 feet short of the hole, and suddenly was on the ropes.
Bradley, meanwhile, blasted his bunker shot some 15 feet by the hole, the best he could do. He made the par putt, slamming his fist toward the cup in celebration. Furyk, under serious pressure for the first time all week, badly pushed his putt to the right for a double bogey.
He dropped his putter and stooped over, a mixture of shock and disgust at how he had thrown away a chance to finally win at Firestone, collect his first World Golf Championship and win for the first time in nearly two years.
''My hope standing on the 18th tee was to make birdie and maybe force a playoff,'' said Bradley, whose final par gave him a 6-under 64. ''Just from being out here, you just never know what's going to happen.''
Bradley headed to Kiawah Island for the PGA Championship, where a year ago he was five shots behind with three holes to play when he made two birdies, Jason Dufner made three bogeys, and Bradley became an unlikely winner after a three-hole playoff.