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August 5 2012

10:35 PM

Final-round observations

By Fred Albers, PGA TOUR.COM Correspondent

Putting: Keegan Bradley putted his way to victory in the final round. He took 26 putts on Sunday, one-putting the last three greens. For the week, he was third in strokes gained-putting. Bradley made a birdie from 41 feet on the seventh green and saved par from 16 feet on the final hole. He made 169 feet worth of putts on Sunday. There is no substitute for a hot putter.

Crushing: Jim Furyk said he could not remember a tougher defeat in his PGA TOUR career. He doubled the last hole to lose by one. As Furyk walked to the scoring trailer, his family gathered around for a group hug and there were some tears. Fuyrk then took care of his scorecard and did interviews, telling me when he saw his kids crying, he knew he had to behave in a proper manner to set a good example.

The monster: Year after year, the 16 th hole delivers. The 645-yard par 5 exploded in a matter of 15 minutes on Sunday. First Steve Stricker made birdie, then in the following group Louis Oosthuizen chipped in for birdie from 50 feet, Furyk made an 18-footer for birdie and Bradley matched him with one of his own.

Tough finish: It appeared Furyk got the break of the tournament when his drive hit a tree and bounded into the fairway on the 18 th hole, but the tournament still slipped away. A 7-iron sailed long over the green and he quickly played two chips before missing a 5-footer for bogey. Furyk got out of his usual rhythm playing the final hole.

Setup: With rain in the forecast, officials took the precaution of using preferred lies. Players that teed off in dry conditions were still allowed to improve lies in the fairways. That was a great call on the officials’ part. Rain swept over the golf course and when play resumed the tournament would have been filled with mud balls if preferred lies had not been declared before the first ball was hit.

Good finish: Tiger Woods came on strong in the final round to finish eighth. He actually hit the ball well all week. Woods was second hitting greens in regulation but 67 th in total putts. He finished 64 th in strokes gained-putting for the week. If you are looking for players who hit the ball well this week and should have momentum for the PGA Championship they would be: Woods, Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy , Furyk and Stricker. They all finished top five in greens in regulation.

Fred Albers is a course reporter for SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio. For more information on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio, click here .

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