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PGA TOUR What It Means: May 29, 2011 — Byron Nelson

Posted By Jeremy Schilling On May 29 2011 @ 9:34 pm In PGA | No Comments

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. [1] 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, [2] “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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[1] Well Bradley tweeted his.: http://yfrog.com/h420diej

[2] As the AP’s Doug Ferguson points out in this tweet,: http://twitter.com/dougferguson405/status/74921060188962816

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