Keegan Bradley credits Phil Mickelsonís advice and help for WGC lead

8/10/11 in Golf   |   KurtKingsley   |   1858 respect

Keegan Bradley, who just recently claimed lead in the 2nd round of WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, has claimed his good form in golf is because of maestro Phil Mickelson.

While talking to media the 25-year-old American, Bradley gave credit of his performance to Mickelson. He stated in his press release that he closely watched Mickelson putt during their practice session together, which allowed him to learn a few new tricks. Bradley also admitted that he took Mickelson’s golf advices and tips to heart.

It all started when Mickelson called Bradley over in front of the No. 3 green at Firestone Country Club. Upon his arrival Mickelson spent some time with him chatting and later asked him to putt. The session soon become a mentoring experience which Bradley will now remember as a Wednesday practice round encounter with Mickelson.

In his press release Bradley talked about how Mickelson helped him propel into the lead after two rounds of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. He said, “The putt breaks left and it looks like (it should) break right. Sure enough, I had this exact putt that he brought me over to. … I putted it (breaking) left and it went in dead center. It looks like the thing goes to the right. That was pretty cool.”

Bradley’s good form helped him achieve a 5-under-par 65. This tied him up at the 2nd day’s best round. It also brought him closer to co-leaders of the tournament then; Adam Scott, Rickie Fowler and Ryan Moore. Scott, Fowler and Moore have all reached midpoint of the tournament with an 8-under 132.

Bradley happens to be the nephew of World Golf Hall of Famer Pat Bradley. During his time on course Bradley admitted he learned a few things from Mickelson and was humbled by his advices. He admitted that because of them his rookie PGA Tour season went much better than he expected.

Sources have revealed that Mickelson and Bradley might have found a special bond; after all, Bradley did leave off with Mickelson’s number after the practice round at The Players Championship. It can also be confirmed that two players have been contacting via messages ever since.

Bradley commented on the issue expressing, “I remember reading (my first text to him) over like 10 times to make sure I didn't sound like a little kid or something.” Ironically Mickelson himself stood 8 shots behind his protégé on Friday with a 73.

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