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Live Blog: Keegan Bradley At Ryder Cup; With Sunday’s Pairings

September 29, 2012 7:30 pm Category: News 2 Comments A+ / A-

6:17 p.m. Unbelievable ending. Look for reaction in Thursday’s Standard.

4:54 p.m. Hopefully you’re next to a TV. It’s likely going to come down to the last match. As far as Keegan goes, he should be proud win or lose. The reason the U.S. had such a huge lead was because he was so dominant with Mickelson.

4:21 p.m. Keegan Bradley’s birdie putt comes up short and he goes to shake the hand of the No. 1 player in the world, who takes a bow to the crowd. It’s Bradley’s first loss of the Ryder Cup, now he has to sit and watch.

4:09 p.m. Rory makes a clutch par. 2-up with two to play.

3:54 p.m. Bradley 2-down with three to play.

3:52 p.m. Bradley looks like he’s in trouble before hitting a huge flop to about 15 feet. He’s got a chance to stay within striking distance of McIlroy, who is in tight for birdie.

3:47 p.m. BRadley went for it on the driveable par-4 15th and his shot went way left of the green. McIlroy has laid up safely.

3:39 p.m. Bradley is going to need some help on the par-5 14th. He’s got a short par putt and Rory’s got a shorter birdie putt. Rory makes it. Bradley is now 1-down.

3:11 p.m. Bradley wins the hole. He’s now all-square in a match that’s looking more and more important as the the day goes on.

3:04 p.m. McIlroy is all over the course. Now’s the time for Bradley to make up ground. On the par-4 12th, McIlroy has a difficult up-and-down to go. Bradley just off the green in two.

2:53 p.m. McIlroy hits a miracle third shot to a reasonable distance for par on 11, and converts it. He’s still 1-up.

2:42 p.m. And he drains it. Bradley with a subdued reaction. No double fist-pumping.

2:41 p.m. Bradley’s got a chance to get one back on 10.

2:22 p.m. With a birdie on nine, McIlroy gets the point he lost at the last back. Now up 2.

2:11 p.m. There ain’t no yell like a Keegan Bradley yell. Maybe his birdie will inspire others across the course.

2:09 p.m. Now we’re talking. Bradley sticks it to 12 feet on the par-3 eighth hole. McIlroy’s tee shot is on the back of the green.

1:58 p.m. Bradley has 25 feet for birdie on the par-5 seventh. McIlroy blasts his third shot out of a bunker to six feet. Bradley misses his, then McIlroy misses his birdie. BRadley still 2-down.

1:53 p.m. Webb Simpson just shanked it. Gulp.

1:38 p.m. Bradley hits his approach at the par-4 sixth hole right over the top of the flag to 18 feet for birdie. McIlroy is just off the green but further away. Bradley can’t convert his birdie putt. Now down 2.

1:28 p.m. Looked like advantage McIlroy, but Bradley sinks a 25-footer for birdie for the half, turns to the crowd and screams. McIlroy still 1-up.

1:24 p.m. McIlroy crushes his drive on the fifth, but it’s down a gravel path. Bradley hits a perfect drive. Both find a greenside bunker on their second shots at the par 5.

1:14 p.m. McIlroy pars the fourth, Bradley bogeys. Bradley 1-down. Europe leads three of six matches and are all-square in another.

1:10 p.m. From John Murray on BBC Radio 5, who is following the McIlroy-Bradley match:

“There have been some choice comments from the American supporters to Rory McIlroy. ‘Wakey, wakey, Rory.’ ‘Do you know what time it is?’ With social media the news has gone right round this golf course.”

1:06 p.m. If you would have penciled in winners and loser before the

1:02 p.m. Just a thought on Rory’s “excuse” for being late. McIlroy said he saw his tee time was 12:25 p.m. EST. He should have been an hour early, no?

1 p.m. Bradley matches McIlroy with a short par putt. We’re predicting some action soon with the Bradley-McIlroy match.

12:58 p.m. European fans are calling McIlroy’s tardiness “late-gate,” comparing him to Tiger at his height — the word “arrogant” has been thrown around on Twitter.

12:47 p.m. McIlroy scrambling for pars. Bradley matching him. Meanwhile, Euros lead in two of the early four matches.

12:45 p.m. From Simon Dyson, who is covering the event on BBC Radio 5:

“I find extraordinary that Rory’s pitched up so late for something like this. I am gobsmacked that he has done something like that. Hopefully he now gets the result we need.”

12:40 p.m. Bradley’s birdie effort comes up a bit short. The first hole is halved with pars, but McIlroy looks shaky. But what do you expect for someone who didn’t warm up?

12:28 p.m. McIlroy blocks his shot on the first tee. It’s his first swing today. Bradley responds with a huge drive down the middle and starts walking after it immediately. Game on.

12:23 p.m. BBC says McIlroy stuck in traffic and now McIlroy is putting and enjoying a banana.

12:21 p.m. NBC says McIlroy got confused with the time zone change. He could use an atomic watch.

12:18 p.m. Rory McIlroy just showed up to he tee time, which is in less than 10 minutes. Party too hard or some gamesmanship on McIlroy’s part?

12:17 p.m. Keegan Bradley did an interview before his tee time with the Golf Channel.

On firing up the crowd: “It’s as good for me as it’s good for them, I’m really forward to today, this is going to be awesome.”

On facing McIlroy: “When I saw the pairing I was very excited, it’s going to be a great day.”

12:16 p.m. Tale of the Tape: Bradley vs. McIlroy
Driving distance
McIlroy: 310.1, Bradley: 302.7
PGA Tour putting overall rank    
McIlroy: 80th, Bradley: 28th
PGA Tour career wins
McIlroy: 6, Bradley: 3
World Golf Ranking
McIlroy: No. 1, Bradley: No. 14

11:50 a.m. Galleries are chanting “Keegan Bradley, Keegan Bradley” as he runs up and down the walkways built for the players, rallying the fans.

11:23 a.m. It’ll be interesting to find out what Keegan Bradley did last night that prompted this Tweet and if it’s going to work.

Sunday, 11:15 a.m. It’s about 45 minutes to the first tee time at the Ryder Cup. The national anthem is being played. Here are a few comments from Davis Love III at last night’s press conference:

Davis Love III on Keegan:

“Our guys, they all want to win a point. We’ve got guys that are trying to go 3 0 or 4 0 or win their first point. There’s a lot of guys playing for pride in their team and in their country and wanting to contribute. I’ve never seen anybody so excited as Keegan Bradley coming off that second or his third win. They just want to go do it again.”

“But I’ve been saying all along, my rookies aren’t rookies. Bubba Watson is not scared to go out there, and Webb Simpson is not scared to go out there. Keegan has been just on fire. He loves this stage. And I don’t think I’ve ever seen a group of well, this is the eighth team I’ve gotten to watch. I don’t ever think I’ve seen a group of guys that were playing so well, so confidently, so free, because they’ve been playing so well for the last six months, last year, last their lifetime with Tiger.
They’re just on a roll, and they’re letting it go here. They’re being real free and confident every time they walk out of the locker room, and I think that’s great.”

9:30 p.m. Woodstock’s Keegan Bradley has drawn the No. 1 player in the world, Rory McIlroy, in Sunday’s singles matches at the Ryder Cup.
A little about McIlroy’s week so far: He’s 2-2, but easily could have been 1-3 if not for Ian Poulter’s brilliant play in Friday’s fourball match.
McIlroy has halved his only Ryder Cup singles match, when he faced Stewart Cink at Celtic Manor in 2010.
Bradley is 3-0-0, pairing with Phil Mickelson in every match. Mickelson and Bradley beat McIlroy and Graeme McDowell in a fourball match Friday.
McIlroy has been a bit off this week after winning the 2012 PGA Championship and two tournaments in the PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoffs. In Saturday afternoon’s fourball match, the team of McIlroy-Poulter only used four of McIlroy’s scores.

See everyone tomorrow…

9:09 p.m. The U.S. leads Europe 10-6 in the Ryder Cup, specially thanks to Keegan Bradley who has paired with Phil Mickelson to win three points. Here are Sunday’s pairings (all times EST):

12:03 p.m. Bubba Watson vs. Luke Donald
12:14 p.m. Webb Simpson vs. Ian Poulter
12:25 p.m. Keegan Bradley vs. Rory McIlroy
12:36 p.m. Phil Mickelson vs. Justin Rose
12:47 p.m. Brandt Snedeker vs. Paul Lawrie
12:58 p.m. Dustin Johnson vs. Nicolas Colsaerts
1:09 p.m. Zach Johnson vs. Graeme McDowell
1:20 p.m. Jim Furyk vs. Sergio Garcia
1:31 p.m. Jason Dufner vs. Peter Hanson
1:42 p.m. Matt Kuchar vs. Lee Westwood
1:53 p.m. Steve Stricker vs. Martin Kaymer
2:04 p.m. Tiger Woods vs. Francesco Molinari

8:38 p.m. Pairings coming shortly…

4 p.m. Signing off here for now. Will update Bradley’s Sunday match as soon as we hear…

More from the press conference: On firing up the crowds: “It’s just a great atmosphere for me because I love watching the Patriots and the Celtics play and all those teams, and I love when they get the crowd going. I love when they run up to them and get them excited, and for me that was kind of my mentality this week.”

On Mickelson’s advice about attitude: “Yeah, he wants me to get fired up and to get the crowd excited, to get him excited. There’s been a few times where my caddie, Pepsi, and Bones, have reminded us it’s time to calm down. That’s one thing I’m very good at is I can get very excited, but I realize how important it is after that to really calm down.

You know, I’ve learned that watching Tiger play. He’d go crazy, and then you see him calm himself down, and that’s kind of the mentality.”

3:15 p.m. Keegan Bradley from his press conference, on sitting out: “I was talking a lot with Phil and Davis. I told them I’d do whatever they wanted. I wanted to make sure that guys got back out there that hadn’t played. I would much rather sit and have a guy who didn’t play go play because I want everyone to be ready for singles.

You know, I’m putting so much emotion into my rounds that it’s probably a good thing that I’ll be rested up for tomorrow’s singles.”

2:40 p.m. More painful to watch: Tiger’s driving or the Europeans’ putting?

2:15 p.m. That didn’t take long. NBC’s Johnny Miller already critical of Love after Stricker dumps his tee shot in the water. Thinks Woods-Bradley would have been a better pairing.

2 p.m. Thinking if the Europeans get three or more points this afternoon, everyone will question Davis Love’s choice to stick Bradley and Mickelson on the bench.

1:51 p.m. About the only thing going wrong for U.S. fans is the television feed.

1:43 p.m. Here’s Bradley firing up the crowd this morning. Catch the Dropkick Murphys playing in the background?

1:35 p.m. Almost a lull in the action since Bradley has been sat down. The U.S. will count a lot on Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson to get everyone fired up again. Meanwhile, European fans like their chances. One European fan, Angus McPhail, on Twitter: “Loving the look of the European pairings for the fourballs. Should get at least a couple of points from that! Three of biggest let downs so far: Westwood, McDowell and Kaymer (even in only one match). All are not playing this afternoon.”

1:15 p.m. We’ll have time before Sunday to speculate on Bradley’s singles opponent. Captains don’t get to see the other’s lineup before they put their lineup together, but typically, they like to put their best players (or most energetic) out front to fire up the team. We’d like to see Bradley face Ian Poulter, who has a 10-3 Ryder Cup record and has never lost a singles match. Who would you like to see?

1:06 p.m. Luke Donald, in his press conference, on running into the pairing of Bradley and Mickelson: “Well, tough, yeah. Phil is a good partner to Keegan. He’s obviously been a rock star this week, and they did nothing wrong.”

1:05 p.m. Mickelson, following the Saturday morning win, in a press conference: “The European side has had some great teammates with Seve and Ollie and some others, but to be able to share this experience with Keegan and to partake in his great play and experience the Ryder Cup together has been really awesome. We’ve had so much fun. The crowd has provided so much energy, and it’s brought our best golf out.”

1 p.m. Against Donald and Westwood, Bradley and Mickelson were 6-under through 12 holes — an almost unheard of score. They were 8-under through 17 against Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell in Friday’s fourball and 4-under through 15 holes in Friday morning foursomes. Bradley and Mickelson probably aren’t that tired. They’ve played just 44 holes in two days and gone alternate shot on 27 of those holes. By the way, they’ve won 18 holes in those 44 and lost just five.

12:48 p.m. With Bradley sitting, one Ryder Cup record is safe. Larry Nelson is the only player to go 5-0 in a Ryder Cup, since five matches was the maximum. As a Ryder Cup rookie, Nelson paired with Lanny Wadkins to win four matches, then defeated Seve Ballesteros in singles. The best Keegan and Mickelson can do is 4-0.

12:41 p.m. Pairings are in the for the afternoon. One notable absence.

Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar vs. Nicholas Colsaerts and Paul Lawrie
Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson vs. Justin Rose and Francesco Molinari
Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker vs. Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald
Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson vs. Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter

12:37 p.m. You like gifs? You’ll love this one of Bradley’s caddie, Steve “Pepsi” Hale waving the pin around like a helicopter.

12:25 p.m. While we wait for the afternoon pairings, here is some more stuff from Mark Bradley: Apparently, with the presence of Michael Jordan and Keegan’s penchant for leaping, the crowd has taken to calling Keegan “Air Bradley.”

12:21 p.m. Had a conversation with Mark Bradley, Keegan’s father, in between matches. Mark says Davis Love told Keegan he was resting Phil Mickelson in the afternoon fourball matches, but Keegan could go if he wanted. We’ll see what happens.

12:15 p.m. The talk now is how U.S. captain Davis Love III can possibly avoid playing Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson in the afternoon fourball matches. Mickelson defended sitting out to Roger Maltbie of NBC. Johnny Miller offers a different opinion: “You can’t not play this team.”

11:30 a.m. Early Saturday afternoon, Woodstock’s Keegan Bradley teamed up with Phil Mickelson to win another point for the U.S. team, this time defeating Europe’s Luke Donald and Lee Westwood, 7 and 6. The win tied the highest margin of victory by a 18-hole team in Ryder Cup history. Bradley is 3-0 in his matches, only three other rookies — Larry Nelson, Jose Maria Olazabal and Sergio Garcia — have started with the same record.
As of 11:30 a.m. the Americans lead 6-3, with three of the morning matches still on the course.

Live Blog: Keegan Bradley At Ryder Cup; With Sunday’s Pairings Reviewed by on . 6:17 p.m. Unbelievable ending. Look for reaction in Thursday's Standard. 4:54 p.m. Hopefully you're next to a TV. It's likely going to come down to the last mat 6:17 p.m. Unbelievable ending. Look for reaction in Thursday's Standard. 4:54 p.m. Hopefully you're next to a TV. It's likely going to come down to the last mat Rating:

Comments (2)

  • Tony

    I bet they wouldn’t settle for this in Sunday Night Football.

  • Sue Lambright

    I cannot believe with an important event like this, NBC can’t fix the broadcast problems.

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