Keegan Bradley, the 2011 PGA Champion, will have a home game this week when he tees it up at the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston in Norton, Mass.
Bradley, who bounced around the New England states of Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts growing up, finshed up high school in Hopkinton, Mass., about 30 minutes from TPC Boston.
As a rookie in 2011, Bradley was a two-time Tour winner -- his biggest highlight being the PGA Championship victory at Atlanta Athletic Club. However, his performance before the home crowd at TPC Boston during the second leg of the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedExCup left something to be desired. He missed the cut with rounds of 68-76 and admitted he was just exhausted.
"Last year, I was just a little bit worn out at that point because I had just won the PGA and I was very busy and I think that this year I'll be able to play that tournament a lot better," Bradley said recently, just before winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and tying for third in his PGA Championship defense. "I love the golf course. It's a great tournament to play in. And it's just one that I've been looking forward to going back and playing."
Bradley enters this week coming off a missed cut at the Barclays. Maybe home-cooking is just what the doctor ordered.
Also, he might be able to free-wheel it a little before the home crowd. Bradley, who also won the 2011 PGA Grand Slam of Golf, locked up a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team by virtue of his great play just before points closed at the conclusion of the PGA Championship.
With his beloved Boston Red Sox in disarray, you can be sure Bradley will want to give the loyal New England sports fans something to cheer for at TPC Boston this week.
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