…I hate it when writers begin their articles with “I told you so”.
It sounds cocky, conceited and downright flash. But, on this one occasion, I have to begin this article with “We told you so”.
Prior to the delayed start of the final round of the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, we looked at which golfers, if any, were likely to catch the leader Jim Furyk (who led for 71 holes out of the 72…D’oh!) given that his third round of par saw the earlier flashes of brilliance disappear into mediocrity – full article here on UK Golf.
Jim’s a lovely guy and was gutted after making two over par on the last hole, handing the title to 2011 rookie of the year, Keegan Bradley. himself admitting “There’s no way I should have made double bogey. I have nobody to blame but myself.”
But we did warn of the possibility of Keegan catching the leading two, Furyk himself and South African golfer Louis Oosthuizen. Keegan’s form this year told everyone, as we rightly called yesterday, that he was “well capable of reducing that deficit in a single round”, which is exactly how it transpired.
The two belly-putters, playing in the final pairing together alongside Oosthuizen, given that they went out in threesomes due to the weather delay, fought the title out on the 72nd hole.
Bradley’s 20′ putt plopped in as a despairing Furyk could only double bogey, missing a seven footer that would have took the championship into a play-off.
As it was, Bradley took his first title of the year by a solitary shot, finishing -1 for the golf tourney, and ended a run of form that had dipped since the early part of the season, not finishing in the top 20 of any PGA event since the Shell Houston Open on the 1st of April.
Tiger woods turned up for the final day, too. He carded a respectable -4, 66, making that his tally for the weekend as his first three rounds of 70-72-68 had seen him start the fourth round on par.
And what about the European Tour golfers?
Well, I have to admit, I had a decent week on the Fantasy Race to Dubai, 9 of the ten 10 in Zeb’s Tee Totallers making the cut in Akron, Ohio, only Danny Willett failing to do so.. You can see all of my selection on my Darrelldoo G+ page .
Louis, in the end, finished fourth on -11, after Steve Stricker and Furyk tied for second on -12.
There was a fair gap, then, to Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy who tied for fifth on -8, with Luke Donald and Lee Slattery finishing a further four shots back in an 8-way tie for eighth; Simon Dyson finished a further shot behind on -3 under, earning a respectable T16 finish.
The story of this championship was indeed that drama on the very last hole, though. After leading from hole one all the way through to seventy-one, your heart has to go out to Jim Furyk who was looking for his first victory on the American Golf circuit for two years. But he was shown no sympathy by Keegan Bradley whose -6 under par, which we suggested he could pull out the bag, was enough by a stroke to bring home the 2012 World Golf Championship Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone CC.
Catch all the golf video footage and the complete final leaderboard on the link below, on the official PGA Tour website.
See on www.pgatour.com