Category: Keegan Bradley


October 03, 2013

Keegan Bradley wearing Michael Jordan 'Jumpman' golf shoes

Posted at 1:00 PM by Pete Madden

Keegan Bradley is rocking a pair of Presidents Cup-themed Jumpman golf shoes at Muirfield Village this week courtesy of friend and "mental coach" Michael Jordan.

"I'm excited to wear his shoes and be part of [Michael Jordan's] brand," Bradley told reporters following Wednesday's practice round. "Just wearing these shoes makes me a little bit cockier, a little more ready to win."

The NY Daily News reported in March that Bradley had enlisted the help of the hoops legend to help him rediscover the attitude that, Jordan believes, fuels Bradley's success.

"He just wanted me to be more cocky out there, more aggressive and I’m learning through him the mental side of what he was thinking and it’s a big help to me," said Bradley. "It’s a really good thing to have, somebody like that to be able to text and reach out to. He’s very approachable, very willing to give me information and help me out, which is really cool."

Bradley will once again team up with Phil Mickelson to take on Internationals Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel in Thursday's four-ball matches.

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September 22, 2013

Keegan Bradley eagles then Dufners at Tour Championship

Posted at 2:51 PM by Pete Madden

Keegan Bradley holed out on the seventh hole at the Tour Championship on Sunday, and to celebrate, Bradley "dufnered" in tribute to his friend and playing partner Jason Dufner [video above].

After all, Bradley had a hand in creating the Dufnering meme earlier this year, when he tweeted the "best picture ever" to his followers.

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August 29, 2013

Check out Bradley's new Howard Stern wedge

Posted at 4:30 PM by Pete Madden

2011 PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley delighted fans of The Howard Stern Show today, posting a photo of his wedge with "Baba Booey" engraved on the clubhead.

The phrase is at the center of a polarizing issue among tour players -- Bradley, a longtime fan of the show, and fellow PGA Champion Jason Dufner have embraced its ever-increasing use, while other players, most notably Ian Poulter, hate when fans scream "Baba Booey!," "Mashed potatoes!" or "Get in the hole!" after a player hits his tee shot.

There's at least one thing those three should be able to agree on: no one could have predicted that Howard Stern would leave his mark ... good or bad ... on golf.

Video: Keegan Bradley hits shot of a lifetime at charity event

Posted at 10:21 AM by Scooby Axson

Check out this shot that Keegan Bradley hit from 125 yards out on the fairway earlier this week at the Keegan Bradley Charity Golf Classic.

Their reaction let's you know that something crazy just happened -- the ball went straight into the cup.

Bradley, a bit confused, asks "Did that go in or is it short?" but Brendan Steele delivers a classic line: "I heard it dink!"

Bradley wanted some proof: "Did you guys get that on film?! It's the best shot I ever hit in my life."

April 04, 2013

Keegan Bradley says Amen Corner is 'shocking' the first time you see it

Posted at 1:41 PM by Coleman McDowell

KeeganKeegan Bradley entered last year's Masters fresh off a PGA Championship victory in his first major appearance. But didn't mean he was prepared for what he would encounter at Augusta National.

Bradley said he was "star-struck" when he first arrived down Magnolia Lane, according to David Westin of the Augusta Chronicle.

“When you walk up the 11th fairway and you see 12 and 13, it’s shocking, the first time. And I just think that everything that people say about it is true. It’s got a magical feel to it almost, and that’s the part of it that I think you need to put aside when you’re playing the tournament.”

Since Bradley's 27th place finish in last year's tournament, he has played practice rounds at Augusta with three-time Masters winner Phil Mickelson and four-time major winner Ernie Els to try and glean as much knowledge about the course as possible. Mickelson gave the 26-year-old advice on navigating Augusta and even dissuaded common theories about how to succeed on the course.

“Being out there (at Augusta National) with Phil is an inspiration and makes me want to win this tournament, just by the way he carries himself around there. You can just tell once he comes in there, he’s a champion and he deserves to be treated like one. And it’s just an inspiration for me to hopefully get to that level.”

“He was just telling me it’s a big myth at Augusta that you have to hit these big hooks around the corner. He told me, ‘The straight ball is still fine.’ That’s kind of what I hit, so it made me feel better. It’s good insight from a guy who has played really, really well there.”

Bradley hopes success will follow his new knowledge of the course at next week's Masters.

“I learned you’ve got to really know that course. You’ve got to get a bunch of holes in and play it as much as you can. It’s such a tough golf course. It was my first Masters. I learned a lot. Hopefully, I’ll apply it this year.”

(Photo: Getty)

March 28, 2013

Dufner photo creates hot Internet meme: 'Dufnering'

Posted at 10:11 PM by Mike Walker

It was only a matter of time before the rest of the world discovered the greatness of Jason Dufner.

(PHOTOS: The Best Dufnering Pics from Twitter)

First, Deadspin posted this awesome photo of Dufner attending a class with students at the Salesmanship Youth and Family Center in Dallas:

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Dufner's online foil Keegan Bradley was quick to send out the photo to his followers on Twitter.

Then the floodgates opened. Bradley's followers began to tweet photos of themselves "Dufnering." In the tradtion of planking and Tebowing --  an Internet meme was born.

Even Rory McIlroy got involved.

 

Luke Donald followed Rory.

Rickie Folwer gave it a shot too.

Bubba Watson went 'Dufnering' with the help of the General Lee.

Some people "Dufnered" without even realizing it.

Dufner embraced his new viral pose and posted another picture of him #dufnering in the Auburn University weight room while he was visiting Auburn's Friday morning spring football practice.

March 14, 2013

Jason Dufner and Keegan Bradley face off in epic Twitter battle

Posted at 3:34 PM by Coleman McDowell

KeeganSparks fly whenever Keegan Bradley and Jason Dufner face off, whether it's in the final round of the 2011 PGA Championship or on in a hilarious Twitter battle on Wednesday.

The Battle: The instigating moment of their inspired online trash-talking was a fashion choice by Bradley. Dufner took notice of Bradley donning the flat-billed Cleveland hat seen above during the WGC-Cadillac Championship and took dead aim.

Bradley immediately recovered and went for the early-round knockout with an embarrassing picture from 2003 of Dufner with small hoop earrings in each ear, frosted blonde tips and spiked hair. This battle appeared to be over before it started. There is no way Dufner could get back off the mat.

Zach Johnson decides to jump into the fray in defense of Dufner by posting what looks like a yearbook shot of Keegan with a curly afro. Dufner decided he didn't need any help in taking down Bradley and turned his focus towards Johnson. Zach was just trying to help!

Johnson didn't go for any haymakers like Bradley did, but instead took the high road and only jabbed at Dufner's well-publicized liking of chewing tobacco. This quickly has become a 1-on-2 handicap match.

Zach then tags out. Bradley enters back in the mix fresh and well-rested. He loses a few points for reusing the same material, but then he kicks things up a notch. His 156,000-plus followers now see the spiked-hair version of Dufner as Bradley has set it as his new Twitter avatar. To take the character takeover a step further, he starts tweeting about Dufner's alma mater, Auburn University. The world's No. 1 player also makes a cameo appearance.

Dufner, who lives in Auburn and regularly attends Auburn sporting events, won't stand for this. He mounts his counterattack, focusing on Bradley's alma mater's lack of athletic success and then dips into controversial waters by mentioning Bradley's use of an anchored putter. He caps off his rebuttal by stepping outside of the golf world and hits current events by rubbing in the departure of Wes Welker, former New England Patriots wide receiver. (Bradley, a Massachusetts native, is a huge Patriots fan.) He even throws in a random picture of Bradley along the way.

Bradley gracefully bows out with a simple reply: "Now that's crossing the line."

The Decision: Keegan came in with some heavy hitting early, but couldn't sustain it throughout the entire battle. Dufner favored quantity over quality and wore down his opponent on his way to a victory in "Dufner vs. Bradley I." We can't wait for the rematch.

Photo: Bradley at the WGC-Cadillac (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

March 11, 2013

Jordan asks McIlroy to be partner at Medalist member-guest

Posted at 6:11 PM by Coleman McDowell

Mj_300And you thought the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral had star power.

According to Golf World's Tim Rosaforte, Michael Jordan has asked Rory McIlroy to be his partner at the member-guest event Friday at Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Fla., where they'll be playing against Medalist member Tiger Woods and Ahmad Rashad.

It turns out that Jordan has become a valued mentor to PGA Tour pros who live in the Palm Beach, Fla. area, including Ernie Els, Keegan Bradley and Luke Donald. Jordan doesn't give advice about the proper arm slot on their takeaway or the right launch angle for their driver, but he helps his Tour player pals with the mental aspect of the sport.

"I'm not a golf coach, never will be, won't try to be," Jordan said.

Rosaforte shares several Jordan-esque stories like MJ jabbing Bradley over the amount of shots Bradley gives him during a round compared to Donald. Why does he get six from Donald and only five from Bradley? Because Donald's in the top 10, and Bradley isn't. Other anecdotes include Els working on a putting drill when Jordan bets him $100 he misses, and Donald talking about how Jordan has helped him become a tougher player.

"As friends we talk about things," Jordan said about the tour pros in his inner circle. "But I'm not looking for credit. I'm looking to help you out, wanting to make you the best you can be from a sports standpoint."

Photo: Michael Jordan at 2012 Ryder Cup (Getty Images).
February 26, 2013

Keegan Bradley: 'I'm being called a cheater more than ever'

Posted at 5:54 PM by Cameron Morfit

Keegan-BradleyEven if the USGA and R&A never ban anchored putting as proposed, the debate has left a mark.

Reporting from the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Steve DiMeglio of USA Today writes that Keegan Bradley continues to be heckled by fans both in person and, more often, on Twitter. 

"I'm being called a cheater more than ever by fans, by some writers — none of you guys — and it's really tough,"Bradley said Tuesday at a news conference in advance of this week's Honda Classic. "A lot of it's on Twitter, which is ridiculous, anyways, I know. I do read it and I shouldn't. I can't imagine how people can say that to me or to anybody out here. It's been really difficult, and I'm sick of it to be honest. I'm ready to be over it. I realize that this is going to be an issue now for the next couple years, at least. I hope the USGA thought about us players before they did this, because it's been really difficult on me and I know it's been really difficult on some other players, too."

Bradley became the first player to win a major using anchored putting at the 2011 PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club. Although it was almost certainly a coincidence -- there is no data to prove anchored putting is more effective than regular putting -- Bradley's historic win was followed by Webb Simpson's 2012 U.S. Open victory, and Ernie Els's surprising win at the British Open a month later. Simpson and Els also anchor the putter, which would be outlawed starting Jan. 1, 2016, if the proposed ban goes into effect.

The issue is expected to be debated until the spring.

"Commissioner Finchem and the PGA Tour have always had their players' backs, no matter how big or small the group is," Bradley said. "Two of the biggest golf organizations, the PGA Tour and the PGA of America, have said that they don't agree with the USGA (and R&A). If they are really taking this comment period seriously, I think they really need to look at what's been said by both those organizations."

RELATED PHOTOS: Pros affected by anchored putting ban

(Photo: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

January 08, 2013

SI Golf Ranking: McIlroy starts year as unanimous No. 1

Posted at 12:19 PM by Golf.com

Each week, 13 staffers from SI Golf+, Golf Magazine and GOLF.com  SI-Golf-RANKINGvote for  their top 10, awarding 10 points to their first choice and proceeding in descending order to the 10th player, who gets one point. The points are then added and the ranking calculated. This ranking aims to be an of-the-moment measure of who’s playing the best right now. Tell us your top 10 in the comments field below.

RANK (TOTAL VOTES, FIRST PLACE VOTES, LAST WEEK'S RANK)

1. Rory McIlroy (130, 13, 1) - Last three finishes: 1, DP World Tour Championship; MC, UBS Hong Kong Open; 3, Barclays Singapore Open
-Official World Golf Ranking: 1

2. Tiger Woods (106, 0, 2) - Last three finishes: T4, World Challenge; T4, CIMB Classic; Semi-Finalist, Turkish Airlines World Golf Final
- Official World Golf Ranking: 3

3. Keegan Bradley (63, 0, 5) - Last three finishes: 2, World Challenge; 23, WGC-HSBC Championship; 3-1-0, Ryder Cup
- Official World Golf Ranking: 13

4. Jason Dufner (62, 0, 3) - Last three finishes: T15, World Challenge; T2, WGC-HSBC Champions; 2, Perth International
- Official World Golf Ranking: 9

5. Ian Poulter (58, 1, 4) - Last three finishes: 17, World Challenge; T26, DP World Tour Championship; 2, Talisker Masters
- Official World Golf Ranking: 12

6. Luke Donald (54, 0, 6) - Last three finishes: T3, DP World Tour Championship; 1, Dunlop Phoenix; T18, WGC-HSBC Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking : 2

T7. Justin Rose (32, 0, T10) - Last three finishes: 11, Nedbank Golf Challenge; 2, DP World Tour Championship; T24, WGC-HSBC Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking : 4

T7. Charl Schwartzel (32, 0, NR) - Last three finishes: 1, Alfred Dunhill Championship; 1, Thailand Golf Champions; 3, DP World Tour Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 14

9. Brandt Snedeker (28, 0, 8) - Last three finishes: T13, World Challenge; T11, WGC-HSBC Championship; 1-2-0, Ryder Cup
- Official World Golf Ranking: 10

10. Bubba Watson (24, 0, NR) - Last three finishes: 9, World Challenge; 33, WGC-HSBC Championship; 3, PGA Grand Slam of Golf
- Official World Golf Ranking : 8

Others receiving votes:
Phil Mickelson (23)
Graeme McDowell (21)
Dustin Johnson (20)
Lee Westwood (13)
Louis Oosthuizen (12)
Adam Scott (12)
Webb Simpson (8)
Bo Van Pelt (8)
Sergio Garcia (5)
Ernie Els (3)
Martin Kaymer (1)





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