May 14, 2014
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
- Keegan Bradley won in Dallas in 2011 and finished second last year. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)
IRVING, Texas -- Three years ago when Keegan Bradley broke through with his first PGA TOUR win at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, he opened with a 66.
Two years ago, he opened with a 67.
Last year, he set a course record by opening with a 60.
If Bradley starts off quickly on Thursday, don't be surprised. The TPC Four Seasons Resort seems to be a perfect match for his game.
And no, he doesn't really know why.
"It's not something that I can 100 percent put my finger on," he said Wednesday. "Just seems that the holes fit my eyes nicely. The greens are perfect. This is one of the most underrated courses in terms of condition, The greens are always perfect.
"There is something about this course that I see the right way and that putts go in. It's that simple. I can't explain the exact reason but it's good stuff."
Bradley, the 2011 PGA champion, would love nothing more than to return to the winner's circle on Sunday. He hasn't won since the 2012 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. He's currently 20th in Ryder Cup points and knows that he's running out of opportunities to make the team on merit.
If he doesn't make the top eight by the end of the PGA Championship, he'll have to rely on a Captain's Pick from Tom Watson. Seeing that players such as Zach Johnson, Jason Dufner and Webb Simpson are also currently on the outside looking in -- not to mention an injured Tiger Woods -- Bradley doesn't want to leave anything to chance.
"I really think that you're going to have to possibly get a win here to make that team," Bradley said. "... I know for me, it's very important to make the team on my points."