Daily Wrap-up: Round 4, Puerto Rico OpenMarch 13, 2011
Staff and wire reports
The 44-year-old Bradley closed with his fourth straight 4-under 68 to match Matteson (72) at 16-under 272 at Trump International Golf Club, then parred the par-5 18th in the playoff for his fourth PGA TOUR victory.
Matteson three-putted in the playoff, missing a 3-footer.
"I had almost the same putt in regulation, a little shorter and it went dead straight. And that one just barely broke enough to catch a piece of the hole," Matteson said. "If I hit it a little easier, it might have barely fallen in the left side. But I hit a good putt. I hit it right where I was looking and that's all you can do."
Bradley ended up in the playoff after missing a 3-footer of his own on 18.
"I don't know if that was turnabout fair play after that little putt I missed on the 72nd hole," Bradley said. "But you hate to win a championship like that with somebody else missing a putt like that. But you know, I'm very happy to be a two time champion of this event now, so I'll move on to next week."
Bradley birdied the first two holes in the final round, eagled the par-5 fifth and birdied the seventh to reach 17 under. He bogeyed the 14th, countered with a birdie on 15, then missed the short par putt on 18 to drop back into a tie.
Shot of the Day
Michael Bradley sinks this long birdie on the 15th hole to take the lead.
"It would have been disappointing if I would have ended up losing the tournament because I missed that putt and then lost in the playoff," Bradley said. "Would have been disappointing, but I don't have to worry about it anymore. It worked out, I guess, in my favor."
Matteson also birdied the first two holes, but dropped strokes on Nos. 4 and 6 and parred the final 12 holes of regulation before losing on the first extra hole.
"Most people would walk off after a second, losing a playoff and maybe be distraught, but I haven't played good all year, so this is at least a sign of good things to come," said Matteson, a two-time winner on the PGA TOUR. "I'm not disappointed with my play at all this week."
Stephen Ames (66) and Hunter Haas (71) tied for third at 14 under, George McNeill (69) followed at 13 under, and Bobby Gates (69) was another stroke back. Angel Cabrera (71) topped a group at 11 under.
Bradley earned $630,000.
Trump International: Sunday EASIEST HOLE TOUGHEST HOLE The par-5 2nd hole was the easiest with a Sunday scoring average of 4.329.
EAGLES: 4 BIRDIES: 41 PARS: 23 BOGEYS: 2 OTHER: 0
The par-3 8th hole was the toughest with a Sunday scoring average of 3.329.
EAGLES: 0 BIRDIES: 1 PARS: 54
BOGEYS: 13 OTHERS: 2
About the winner • Bradley has won on TOUR in each of the last three decades. He is the first player since Davis Love III to win in three different decades. • Bradley came from four strokes back on the final day to win. It is the largest come-from-behind victory on the final day on TOUR since Stuart Appleby came from seven back to win the 2010 Greenbrier Classic. • Three of the first four champions of the Puerto Rico Open have come-from-behind to win on the final day. 2011: Michael Bradley, 4 back 2010: Derek Lamely, 4 back 2009: Michael Bradley, tied for lead 2008: Greg Kraft, 1 back • Coming into the week, Bradley's last nine rounds were in the 70s. He opened the season with all five rounds in the 60s at the Bob Hope Classic. • Below are Bradley's results from his three career starts in the Puerto Rico Open 2009--1st 2010--T15 2011--1st • Bradley (44) is the oldest winner on TOUR since Rocco Mediate (47) won the 2010 Frys.com Open.
"I enjoy the golf course," Bradley said. "It's tropical like Florida where I live. I like the greens. I like the layout. There's no rhyme or reason why I have played well here. I can't put a finger on it, but I'm not going to question it. ... Don't know why. I don't want to know why."