A first time winner kicks off this week’s What It Means:
1) Keegan Bradley is 25 years old and today, after winning the HP Byron Nelson Championship, became the newest of the PGA Tour’s twenty-something champions. He outlasted Ryan Palmer in a playoff, who hit his second shot into the water off a wayward drive.
Bradley joins a long line of champions who make a big splash on a large stage. J.B. Holmes did it in Phoenix several years back, for example, and then backed it up again at the same venue a couple years later. How he responds to his first taste at victory will help determine how far he can go in future years.
He is a winner on one front though. Ever hear of a cell phone blowing up after a victory? Well Bradley tweeted his. Wow.
2) Luke Donald defeated Lee Westwood today on the first playoff hole to win the flagship event on the European Tour, the BMW PGA Championship. With the win, Donald becomes the #1 player in the world.
It’s a watershed moment for Donald, but some fans may not deem him worthy of being #1, as he is not yet major champion. Well, he 100% deserves it. As the AP’s Doug Ferguson points out in this tweet, “in the last year, he has 3 wins, four 2nds and four 3rds. Top 10s in 18 of his last 27 events.” Have I won you over now?
Westwood, meanwhile, is left searching for another big win. He missed an 8 foot-birdie putt to win in regulation, and then spun his third shot on the par-5 18th, the first playoff hole, into the water. A big mistake at the most inopportune time. We’ve seen this script before, haven’t we?
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