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Bradley struggling at Augusta
Augusta, GA (Sports Network) - Reigning PGA Champion Keegan Bradley will not win his second straight major this week at the Masters.
Bradley opened with a respectable one-under 71, but faltered to a 77 on Friday to slide down the leaderboard. He went out early Saturday and posted a one- over 73.
The Vermont native finished three rounds at five-over-par 221.
Bradley played the front nine at one-under Saturday with a birdie on the second and eight pars. Around the turn, his wild ride started with a pair of bogeys at 10 and 11.
The 25-year-old got back to even-par for his round with a birdie on the 13th. He also birdied the par-five 15th to get back into red figures for the day.
Bradley parred his next two before disaster struck at 18. He faltered to a closing double-bogey to slide back to plus-five for the championship.
When he won the PGA Championship last August, Bradley became the third player to win a major championship in his first appearance in golf's four big events.
Like the other two players on that list, Bradley will remain with one major title after playing his second major. Unlike the other two, Bradley has yet to reach his golfing prime, which gives him plenty more time to win another one.
Francis Ouimet was the first to ever win a major in his debut when he won the 1913 U.S. Open. He was still an amateur at the time, and many counted the U.S. Amateur as one of the four majors back then.
Ouimet lost in the round of 16 at the Amateur that same year, then shared fifth at the 1914 U.S. Open Championship. Ouimet did win the 1914 U.S. Amateur, but his best major finish otherwise was a share of third at the 1925 U.S. Open.
Ben Curtis, the unlikely winner at the 2003 British Open, missed the cut at his next two majors, before finishing in 30th at the 2004 U.S. Open. Curtis, who is still a PGA Tour member, won in his first major, but made the cut in just two of his first nine major championship starts.
Curtis later posted back-to-back top-10s at the British Open in 2007 and 2008. He also shared second at the '08 PGA Championship, two behind Padraig Harrington, who closed 66-66.
A look at Bradley's stats this week and you'll see why he isn't contending. He has 11 birdies, 12 bogeys and a pair of double-bogeys. Bradley has driven the ball fairly well, hitting nearly 74-percent of his fairways, but he has hit just 52-percent of greens in regulation.
Don't feel bad for Bradley. He's exempt into all majors for the next 10 years, so he's got plenty of chances to go for major title No. 2.
04/07 15:07:39 ET
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