Early in his career, Keegan Bradley is developing a knack for knocking in pressure putts. Unfortunately for Jim Furyk, lately he's developing a trend of coming up short in big moments.
Less than two months after a late meltdown at Olympic cost him his second U.S. Open title, Furyk folded on Firestone's finishing hole to lose the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational by a shot to Bradley. After getting a break when his ball bounced out of a tree and into a fairway, Furyk missed the green with his approach shot and then stunningly missed the green again with his third shot from the greenside rough. Another poor chip and an even poorer putt gave him a closing double bogey.
Bradley, meanwhile, didn't play No. 18 well, either. But after his approach plugged in a bunker, he hacked out and made a 15-footer for par. When Furyk missed his bogey putt, Bradley -- the reigning PGA champion -- had his third career PGA Tour win. Here's a look at the highlights from the final round, which also included late charges by Steve Stricker and Louis Oosthuizen and a 66 from Tiger Woods:
Bradley will be back in action this week at Kiawah's Ocean Course to defend his PGA Championship title. He was only five when the famed 1991 Ryder Cup -- "The War by the Shore" -- was staged there.
For Furyk, the loss was especially crushing considering he was in control of the tournament for 71 holes before his late collapse. As John Strege notes, it was another painful close call in a big event that Furyk could have really used to bolster his case for entrance into the World Golf Hall of Fame. On the bright side, he won't have to wait long for another opportunity.
-- Alex Myers