final round. It marked an incredible tumble for Woods, considering he was tied for the U.S. Open lead Saturday morning. His 75-73 finish extended his majors drought to four years. Woods attributed his poor play Saturday mostly to bad luck, saying he missed three fairways by “about three or four yards” and was “in between clubs on about every single shot.” As if other players don’t have to deal with the same challenges.
Woods will rest this week rather than compete in the Travelers Championship outside Hartford, Conn., which has a field featuring Bubba Watson, Keegan Bradley, Padraig Harrington, Matt Kuchar, Ian Poulter and Webb Simpson.
Woods is slated to play the following two weeks — at the AT&T National at Congressional, which supports his foundation, and the Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. Two weeks later comes the British Open at Royal Lytham & St.
Annes. Search party: Lee Westwood ran into a serious problem on the fifth hole. A tree outside the right rough swallowed his tee shot. Westwood used binoculars to try to identify his ball by its markings. That would have allowed him to take an unplayable lie and drop the ball along the line of the entry point with a one-shot penalty.
But he couldn’t find it, had to declare it a lost ball and return to the tee and made a par with his second ball — for double bogey.
That dropped him five shots off the lead, and Westwood never recovered.
Father’s Day gift: Making the walk to the 18th tee, Keegan Bradley gave caddie Steve Hale the rest of the day off.
The PGA Championship titleholder already had a replacement lined up: his father.
“It was the highlight of my life,” Mark Bradley said, despite his son’s closing bogey that finished a 7-over 77.
Mark Bradley is head professional at Jackson Hole (Wyo.) Golf & Tennis Club, having raised his son in their native Vermont. Before Sunday, their only personal memories of the U.S. Open would be when Keegan would call after missing the cut in qualifying.
“He’d call me and say, ‘Dad, I missed.’ Sometimes by a lot and sometimes by just a few,” the elder Bradley said. “He had a sectional qualifier in New York and missed by a shot playing at Bethpage, which was his home course in college.
So it’s been a long haul, but he finally made it.”