Woodstock’s Keegan Bradley is the talk of the Ryder Cup, holing long putts, fist-pumping his way around Medinah Country Club.
Bradley and Phil Mickelson teamed up to win two points for the American team, helping the U.S. to a 5-3 lead after Friday’s fourball and foursome matches. On Saturday morning, Bradley was out on the first tee raising his arms and clapping, trying to fire up the home crowd almost an hour before his tee time.
Here’s what other golfers and golf writers were saying about his performance Friday:
Mickelson: We were just so ready to get on the first tee and you could see in the morning he went off two-and-a-half hours, he was just really fired up. He played some of the best golf and to be his partner was an awesome experience. I love, love playing with this man. He’s just so fun, loves the game and plays with such excitement and man, can he roll the rock.
U.S. captain Davis Love III: Keegan was fired up. Hit the ball I mean, I played with him here the Monday, I guess, after Barclays, or the anyway, a couple weeks ago, and he just pounded it around this course and it looked like it was built for him. He hit the ball extremely long today. I think he drove it in the green side bunker on 3 this afternoon. I don’t know how or where the angle is for that.
Gene Wojciechowski, ESPN.com writer: He looked like he had chugged 15 hours’ worth of energy drinks.
A reporter asked Bradley if he had any energy left after Friday’s rounds, Bradley said: “Oh, baby, I wish I could go 36 more.”
Reporters had Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson during the late press conferences, all they wanted to talk about was Bradley, Watson: He’s got that weird eye, still not sure what he’s looking when he does that, scares the hole, I’m not sure (indicating looking down with one eye). Simpson: I’m not sure there’s a format that doesn’t fit well for Keegan. Keegan and I have been friends for a long time, and seeing him getting so excited this morning when Bubba and I were eating lunch getting ready for our round gets us that much more pumped up. I was sitting there yawning, and I see his energy and another guy’s energy and it got me fired up.
Colin Montgomerie, former European captain on NBC: The Bradley-Mickelson pairing my word, that’s — how is he going to split them up this afternoon? I don’t know. He said he’s not going to play five times, but I don’t know how he’s going to split them up. They are fantastic.
And finally Bradley, from his Twitter page: