Keegan Bradley claimed the PGA Grand Slam on Wednesday with a narrow one shot win over Charl Schwartzel in Bermuda.
Bradley along with Rory McIlroy led coming into the final 18 holes of the 36-hole event held however the Northern Irish man’s failed to push on and his challenge as he slumped to a 4 over for the day finishing level par for the tournament.
Speaking after the event, a disappointed McIlroy, who along with Darren Clarke, were bidding to become the first European winners in 20 years said “I didn’t quite have control of the golf ball like I did yesterday,”
“It was tough, the wind out there was tough. I got off to a pretty decent start but bogeying the seventh, a pretty easy par 5, wasn’t ideal. And then, you follow that up with two other bogeys. Obviously I still had a chance going into the back nine, I just didn’t do enough when I needed to.”
British open winner Darren Clarke was never in contention on day 2 of the event, an opening round of 77 making life very difficult. Clarke looked to restore some respectability to his round when he played the opening 9 holes at 1 under however four bogeys on the back nine, saw him slip to 9 over for the tournament.
The day however belonged to Bradley who hit a nervy 5-footer on the 18th hole to complete a level-par 71, which left him 4 under for the tournament one head of the South African who shot a course record-tying 6-under 65 to finish one shot back at 3 under.
A delighted Bradley paid tribute to the round by Schwartzel, his course record round achieved in difficult windy conditions “What he (Schwartzel) did in the middle part of that round was pretty amazing,” said Bradley. “It felt like he was going to birdie every hole and then when he was hitting a bad shot, he made that bunker shot on 9, it was pretty spectacular golf.”
Speaking about the 5 footer he needed to avoid a dreaded play-off Bradley said “It was a lot more intense than I thought it was going to be,”
“Coming down the stretch it felt like any other tournament that I played in. At 18, I was thinking to myself, ‘I’d better get this up-and-down and maybe get into a playoff.
“I was very nervous over that 5-footer to win.”