Bradley, Steele cruise to Shootout win|
Naples, FL (Sports Network) - Brendan Steele and PGA Champion Keegan Bradley
cruised to a three-stroke win over two teams Sunday at the Franklin Templeton
Steele and Bradley closed with a 13-under 59 to end at 32-under-par 184. Both
players were competing in this event for the first time.
"We played well. We got off to a slow start, kind of like we did all three
days," Bradley stated. "We played the last stretch of holes really well. We
had some good chemistry going on out there. I, personally, love playing team
events. I really enjoy it out there with Steely. He played really good golf
Rory Sabbatini and Jhonattan Vegas shot 12-under 60 to end alongside Mark
Calcavecchia and Nick Price (61) at minus-29.
Charles Howell III and Justin Leonard shared the low round of the day with
their 14-under 58. The were joined in fourth place at 28-under-par 188 by
Jerry Kelly and Steve Stricker, who closed with a 59 on the Gold Course at
Tiburon Golf Club.
Stewart Cink and Bo Van Pelt also had a 58 to finish at minus-26. They shared
sixth place with Chad Campbell and Chris DiMarco (59), Kenny Perry and Scott
Stallings (61), and Rickie Fowler and Camilo Villegas (62).
Bradley and Steele had two birdies in the first three holes to stay just ahead
of the Champions Tour duo of Calcavecchia and Price, who played with the
leaders in the final round.
The leaders birdied the sixth to remain one ahead of their playing partners.
Bradley and Steele birdied the seventh and eighth before Steele converted a
five-footer for birdie at nine to push them three clear of their playing
partners, and two clear of Howell and Leonard.
Bradley and Steele birdied 11 and 12 to keep their two-stroke cushion.
Howell birdied the 16th to grab a share of the lead. That was the third time
there was a tie atop the leaderboard in the final round.
Steele answered with a birdie at 13, then holed an eagle effort from off the
green on 14. Steele kept his strong play going with a birdie on 16 to push
their lead to three.
"That was a bonus. I hit a pretty good tee shot there, but wasn't able to get
home," Steele said of 14. "Keegan hits it so far, he was able to hit three-
wood up there. We weren't sure which one we'd take, but we went for the one we
They cruised home with two pars in the final three holes. The duo missed the
tournament scoring record by two.
"Steely hit one in there to about two-and-a-half feet on 15, and we couldn't
really screw it up from there," Bradley said.
Jason Dufner and Sean O'Hair closed with a 61 to end alone in 10th at
minus-25. Tournament host Greg Norman and Scott McCarron also shot 61 to
finish one back at 24-under 192. Anthony Kim and Webb Simpson posted a 63 to
end in last place at minus-23.
NOTES: They were the first rookie team to win this title...Sunday's format was
a scramble...This was the final event on the 2011 PGA Tour schedule...The tour
starts the 2012 season in Hawaii on January 6th.
12/11 16:59:27 ET