Keegan Bradley recalls college memories of Bethpage Black
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- On Wednesday at the Barclays, Keegan Bradley talked about playing clandestine eightsomes with the St. John's golf team at Bethpage Black, what he expects to hear from the New York fans this week, trying to schedule a game with Tom Brady and more. Here are the highlights.
Bradley started by saying how much he was looking forward to the week:
I love Bethpage. It's my favorite course in the world, and it feels great to be back here. A lot of really great memories of this course.
What could you tell us about the one greatest moment you've had here even though maybe it wasn't in a tournament or competition?
Yeah, I remember vividly the first time I got to come play here. We used to -- it's supposed to be secret but it's not secret anymore. The superintendent Craig Currier used to allow us to come up and play on Mondays when the course was closed. We'd pull up and park at his house and we'd start on the third hole and play, because there was nobody out here, so we could play, us all in one group, seven, eight guys, and just having such fun little matches and basically having Bethpage Black to ourselves. I don't know if there's anybody in the world that's ever experienced that. Just great memories of the team at St. John's.
You keep telling that story, and you keep saying it's a secret. You understand if you keep telling us it's not a secret anymore, right?
Yeah, my coach called me one day, kind of joking but kind of not. He's like, "You've got to stop talking about it or we'll never get back out there." It's kind of a cool story because in 2009 I really wanted to make this U.S. Open. It was my first year as a pro and I bogeyed the last two holes of the second stage to miss by one, and I was devastated. So I'm so happy to be able to come back and play here and have a chance to play in front of these fans.
I think you told me that you had gotten a hole-in-one out here.
My first hole-in-one was on the 12th hole on the Red. My mom was out there. It was at our St. John's tournament. And what people don't realize is how good the Red Course is here. I think it's close to the Black, it just gets overshadowed a little bit.
And I also know that you have built a bond with Tom Brady. Have you had a chance to golf with him yet?
I haven't had a chance to play with him, but I'm watching as much as I can. Someday we'll get out there. He doesn't play during the season, so we're kind of in a tough spot because it's my off-season, his season. But we'll get out there.
Do you know what his handicap is?
No, but I think he's pretty good from what I hear. I think he can break 80, so I'll give him a few shots.
You're a guy that can play under pressure. What's the atmosphere like here in the playoffs, and especially on 17 when all those fans are going to be lining it?
Yeah, I think that the fans here are the most vocal of any fans maybe other than Phoenix. It's going to be a lot of fun, a lot of St. John's guys out there, which makes it great, and I think 17 -- that whole back side -- on Sunday is going to be something to remember. I think there's going to be some good and some bad. But it's going to be really fun, and I would just love to be there on Sunday to experience it late.
You said after your last win, your reaction was that you loved everyone. Do you feel that way this week?
Definitely not, no. I have a lot of "Go, Yankees" yelled at me this week. But they can have their run this year because the Red Sox are a little bit embarrassing at the moment.
Bradley will start on the back nine Thursday at 8:05 a.m. Eastern. For a full transcript of Bradley's press conference, go to ASAPSports.com.
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