JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Keegan Bradley is a big fan of Liberty National Golf Course and hopes the chatter that the Jersey City, N.J., course will host the 2017 Presidents Cup is true.
"I heard a rumor about it today," Bradley told SBNation on Monday during the annual golf tournament hosted by Audemars Piguet, one of Bradley’s corporate sponsors. "I think that would be spectacular."
Small wonder the 2011 PGA champion has his fingers crossed that the reports were not just lips flapping; he set the course record, a 63, a few minutes after Rickie Fowler matched the previously lowest score in the second round of the 2013 Barclays.
"I think they have to do it," Bradley, a Presidents Cup rookie in 2013, said, clearly rooting for either that biennial international contest or a future Ryder Cup to set up shop at Paul Fireman’s palace overlooking the Manhattan skyline. "The atmosphere would be out of control ... in a cool way."
PGA Tour and Liberty National spokespersons were not immediately available to confirm, deny, or comment on the speculation.
While Tiger Woods in 2009 disparagingly termed "interesting" the $250 million Tom Kite/Bob Cupp-designed Liberty National, which Fireman built on a former toxic waste dump and features a glass clubhouse and sensational views of the Statue of Liberty, Bradley can’t enthuse about the venue.
"This golf course is unbelievable," he said after firing the 8-under 63 last August. "This is such an amazing course to have a course record on ... I hope it holds up."
It did -- for exactly one day, until Kevin Chappell eclipsed Bradley’s mark, scorching the meticulously sculpted, slick-greens track with a 62. That fact did not douse ardor of the graduate of nearby St. John’s University in New York City for the U.S. to continue its dominance of the world at the Presidents Cup in three years.
"It’s a no-brainer," he added, saying the entire course set up beautifully for match play in either the Presidents or Ryder Cup. "I think they have to do it."