January 9 2012
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Not all of the fans decked out in the red shirts on Monday with the Keegan's Clan emblem (KB initials on top of a shamrock) live in Hawaii. In fact, most of them are from Jackson Hole, Wyo., where Keegan Bradley's dad Mark is the head pro at the Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club.
But for four days, they were out in full force at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, supporting their favorite player. The 2011 Rookie of the Year rewarded them Monday with a final-round 8-under 65, his lowest round of the week.
After signing his scorecard, Bradley went over to Keegan's Clan, shaking hands and posing for pictures while thanking them for the support.
"It's funny," Bradley said. "You come all the way to Hawaii and you still have a good 15 people out there. It's pretty cool that they came out to support me."
Scott Bancroft, one of those who lives in Wyoming, helped organize the group. He and Mike Bunyard, who lives in Hawaii, created the shirts -- white for the first three days; red on the final day to match Bradley's St. John's colors.
They plan to be out in full force again next week at the Sony Open in Hawaii. But they were still celebrating the 65 their man shot on Monday.
"His back nine was awesome," Bunyard said.
Indeed. Bradley finally found his putting stroke after three days of seeing nothing go in the hole. He also chipped in from 73 yards for eagle at the par-4 16th.
"I've been playing so well all week but my putting has been ferociously bad," Bradley said. "But when you make shots from the fairway, that makes putting a lot easier."
Although his first trip to the Hyundai Tournament of Champions didn't result in a win, Bradley is fired up about his swing right now. He hit 62 of 72 greens in regulation this week, an 86 percent pace.
"Ball-striking wise, it was one of the best four days combined I've had in my professional career," Bradley said. "It just kind of all finally clicked together today. I wish I could've kept playing, to be honest with you."
No worries. He'll be back on the course again this week in Oahu. So will Keegan's Clan.