Follow Woodstock’s Keegan Bradley as he takes on the best in the world at the Masters, golf’s first major of the year.
1:16 p.m. Bradley is 3-over for the day through eight holes and 4-over for the tournament. Still inside the cut line according to Masters.com. Guess the cut projectors think Dustin Johnson and Marc Leishman won’t hold up at 6-under.
11:23 a.m. Bradley double-bogeys his first hole. But even though he’s tied for 57th right now, he’s still within the 10-shot rule for the cut at 3-over. It’s not likely the lead will go much higher due to today’s weather.
Friday, 11:22 a.m. Not a lot of good scores out in the second round of the Masters. Wind gusts of 17 miles per hour are affecting the players. It’s early, but only six of 47 players on the course are under par for their rounds.
6:08 p.m. Keegan’s got three holes left. We’re signing off for the night. Will check in tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. for his second round.
5:52 p.m. Bradley pars the 14th. The picturesque par-5 15th is up next. He’s 1-over for the tournament and tied for 46th. Seven shots behind leaders Marc Leishman and Sergio Garcia.
5:45 p.m. Bradley makes a solid par after almost hitting it in the water on the 13th.
5:23 p.m. Finally, Bradley gets to hit his tee shot. He hits the fairway at the 13th. He’ll be going for this short par 5 in two.
5:08 p.m. Good shot into the 12th but Bradley can’t convert the birdie try.
4:56 p.m. Spoiler alert: He makes this.
4:40 p.m. Bradley pars the 10th. Bradley now heads to the 11th hole — the start of the three holes that make up Amen Corner. Bradley told the Augusta Chronicle the three holes were “shocking” to him the first time he played them:
“It was just everything that I thought it was and a lot more. I’ve never been to a place that’s exceeded the expectations by so much.”
“When you walk up the 11th fairway and you see 12 and 13, it’s shocking, the first time. And I just think that everything that people say about it is true. It’s got a magical feel to it almost, and that’s the part of it that I think you need to put aside when you’re playing the tournament.”
4:23 p.m. Bradley makes his way to the par-4 10th after making the turn in 38. He’s tied for 56th.
4:21 p.m. McIlroy makes a birdie at the ninth hole. Bradley makes a bogey.
4:20 p.m. Bradley actually missed the green long. He chips it long about 25-30 feet by the hole. He’ll need to make that to stay at 1-over.
4:15 p.m. McIlroy hits it behind the hole and runs back to seven feet. Bradley hits the back of the severely sloped back-to-front green. He’ll have a quick putt downhill.
4:13 p.m. McIlroy and Bradley both found the fairway at the ninth hole. Bradley 15 yards past McIlroy.
4:08 p.m. A little change this year. The top 50 — not 44 — and ties will make the cut at the Masters this year. The 10-shot rule (anyone within 10 shots of the lead after Friday) is still in effect.
4:03 p.m. Birdie for Bradley at the eighth hole. He’s 1-over.
4 p.m. Don’t give up on Keegan. If he finishes at 2-over for the day, it wouldn’t be over for him. The worst round by an eventual Masters champion was a 3-over 75 by Craig Stadler in 1982.
3:50 p.m. Bradley’s playing with the same putter, an Odyssey Sabertooth belly putter, that he won the 2011 PGA Championship with. Remember, the USGA and R&A floated a ban of the anchoring style a few months ago. The PGA Tour released a statement that it opposed the ban, leaving the future of the long putter up in the air.
3:37 p.m. McIlroy bogeys the seventh and Bradley pours a par attempt in. The par 5 eighth hole is up next.
3:35 p.m. Bradley’s been the pick of several golf writers and experts this week. He’s coming into the tournament off of four consecutive top 10s.
3:29 p.m. According to a Daily News story, Bradley was the first person to sign in for the Masters last Saturday morning. Bradley doesn’t suffer from a lack of zeal for his sport — it’s hard to forget his Ryder Cup fist pumps.
3:25 p.m. Bradley is four back of McIlroy, who just birdied the sixth.
3:24 p.m. Bradley makes another bogey at the par 3 sixth. He’s 2-over. Bradley has come back from rough starts at Augusta before. He started his 2012 Masters with a double-bogey and shot a 1-under 71.
3:17 p.m. Bradley bogeys the par 4 fifth hole. He’s 1-over for the tournament.
2:46 p.m. McIlroy, at 1-under, misses the green at the fourth hole and chips to four feet. Bradley hit a great shot to 11 feet but couldn’t convert the birdie. They both make par.
2:35 p.m. Bradley pars the third. Up next, the difficult downhill, 249-yard par 3 fourth hole.
2:32 p.m. Bradley’s par at the second hole is his first par in five attempts. He birdied it in every round last year.
2:30 p.m. This is Bradley’s second Masters. He finish tied-27th in 2012 shooting rounds of 71-77-73-69.
2:23 p.m. Want to see what it’s like to play as Bradley at Augusta? Get EA Sports Tiger Woods 14, where Bradley has been added to the stable of golfers in the game.
Here’s promotional poster with Bradley’s digital likeness which came from Bradley’s Twitter page:
2:18 p.m. A par for Bradley at the par-5 second.
2:16 p.m. If you’re lucky enough to score a ticket to the Masters, you’ll be treated to an amazingly affordable and delicious menu. Try the pimento cheese. You won’t be disappointed.
2:12 p.m. Before participating in the Par 3 contest, Bradley played his Wednesday practice round with Masters legends Fred Couples and Tiger Woods.
2:10 p.m. Bradley shot a 2-under in the Masters Par 3 Contest with his sister Madison on the bag. The par 3 contest is played on a special 9-hole course on the property — and it gives a chance for Masters participants to share the Augusta National experience with family and friends. There’s also an interesting fact that the winner of the Par 3 Contest has never won the tournament.
2:05 p.m. Yeah, we know this is a Keegan blog, but in case you’re wondering, Tiger Woods is 2-under through 11 holes. Phil Mickelson is in the group ahead of Bradley and even through his first hole.
2:03 p.m. Bradley has one of the later tee times, so he knows what he has to shoot to get into contention. Right now, Australian Marc Leishman leads the pack at 6-under through 16 holes.
2 p.m. Bradley pars the first hole after missing the green. The first, called Tea Olive, is a 455-yard par 4, and one of the most difficult holes at Augusta National. Up next, the easier par-5 second.
1:55 p.m. Bradley and McIlroy have been paired together a couple times since their epic Ryder Cup match last year — which McIlroy won. They were paired together in the first two rounds of the Shell Houston Open, and Bradley got the better of the Ulsterman, shooting two 2-under par rounds of 70 to McIlroy’s 73-70.
1:34 p.m. Woodstock’s Keegan Bradley tees off in less than a couple of minutes. He’s playing with Rory McIlroy and Swedish golfer Freddie Jacobson.Keegan Bradley at his charity golf tournament last August. (Rick Russell Photo)