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May 19 2013

8:02 PM

Bradley will eventually see positives

Watch Bradley birdie the par-4 15th in Sunday's final round.

By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM

IRVING, Texas -- Keegan Bradley was hoping to go wire-to-wire this week at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. The disappointment of not being able to finish a job that started with a course-record 60 on Thursday stings, but he'll eventually look at the positives from nearly winning his second title at TPC Four Seasons Resort.

"Coming in second is great, which I'll love tomorrow," Bradley said after his final-round 2-over 72 left him at 11 under, two shots shy of Sang-Moon Bae's winning total. "Right now it's a little disappointing."

Bradley entered the final round with a one-shot lead over his playing partner Bae, fell behind by four shots early, then rallied to share the lead after making a putt from inside 18 feet at the 15th hole.

"I hung in there. I chipped away," Bradley said. "I was down four early on. I chipped away and got it back to even with four to play, which is all that I could have asked for. When I made that putt on 15, I was pretty confident that I was going to win this tournament."

But Bae made his short birdie putt on the par-5 16th while Bradley missed his from inside 4 feet. Bradley then bogeyed the 17th to cost himself a chance to win on the 18th.

"I love being in contention so I figured if I could hang and hang and hang, somehow I would find a way," Bradley said. "But just that putt on 16 was the end of it."

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