Keegan Bradley has said over and over that he’s not scared to switch from his major-winning belly putter should golf’s governing bodies decide to ban the big bats. Turns out the defending titleholder at this week’s PGA Championship will have to do links battle with a new flat stick sooner than he imagined -- although putting purists will be unhappy to learn that Bradley, the first professional to win a major with a long putter, won’t be changing teams just yet.
Golfweek reported that during Tuesday’s practice round, Bradley’s trusted Odyssey XG Sabertooth developed a crack at the point where the shaft joins the putter head.
“I think it was a little hot from last week and just popped right off,” Bradley told Golfweek in jest about navigating the long wand to an average of 26 putts per round in his Bridgestone Invitational win.
Because Odyssey could not fix the break, Bradley will roll the rock with a new club that the company built for him last week. The 26-year-old three-time tour winner told Golfweek he was fine using the new stick and that he would find a way to honor the busted one, which he had used to such success since he played on the Nationwide Tour.
“I’m going to do something with it,” Bradley said. “It was good to me.”
Bradley’s father, Mark Bradley, by the way, won’t have to hole up in his condo to watch his son play the PGA, as he did last year. The elder Bradley is on-site this week at Kiawah Island after rearranging his responsibilities at Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club. Formerly the head pro at the Wyoming course, Keegan’s dad is now director of instruction, a position that lets him go on the road more often to watch his son compete in person, according to Golfweek.