Keegan Bradley is having a heck of a year — the PGA Tour rookie snagged his maiden victory in May at the Byron Nelson Championship, and then last month he captured the PGA Championship, overcoming a five-shot lead with three holes to play and eventually winning in a playoff and snapping the American drought at the last six majors.
The New England native is also having an eventful homecoming this week in the Boston area, where the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second leg of the FedExCup playoffs, takes place. Bradley, a huge Red Sox fan, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Tuesday’s game against the Yankees at Fenway Park.
Oh, the festivities aren’t over yet — Bradley will handle the coin toss at the Patriots pre-season game against the New York Giants tonight.
“To be able to stand on the mound at Fenway Park and then on the field at Gillette Stadium in the same week is the most unbelievable feeling ever,” Bradley told this site. “If you were to tell me that when I was a kid, I would have laughed at you!”
And there’s more!
“I have a meet-and-greet with my hero Tom Brady before the game,” he said. “It’s going to be the highlight of my life!”
After Bradley received a congratulatory text from Brady three weeks ago, the 25-year-old called it “the coolest thing that’s ever happened to me.” Obviously, he’s had quite a few life-altering-I-can’t-believe-this-is-actually-happening moments over the last month.
While he’s no doubt enjoying every second, knowing Bradley, he’s probably also looking forward to returning to some normality and focusing on what got him here in the first place — his golf game.
“One of my dreams my whole life has been to be able to throw out the first pitch at Fenway, and I got to realize that dream last night in front of my whole family and in front of a bunch of my friends,” Bradley said Wednesday during his pre-tourney presser. “It was a strange feeling to be on the mound at Fenway, but it lived up to the hype. It’s something I’ll never forget.
“Talking to all my buddies, they’ve said, ‘You’d better not bounce that thing in there,’ and I just didn’t want to bounce it. I would give myself a B-…I was so nervous that I was afraid I was going to fall on my face or do something embarrassing, so I was happy with it.”
Well, good news is tossing a coin will be much less intimidating.
Bradley tees off on the 10th hole at 7:46 a.m. ET Friday for the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston.
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