Category archive: Keegan Bradley
The NBA season gets underway tonight and the trash talking has already begun.
No, not between the players. Between an NBA owner and a PGA Tour golfer.
Keegan Bradley, the 2011 PGA Championship winner and lifelong Boston Celtics fan, took to Twitter as six-time NBA champion and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan grabbed the reins of the team's Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages on Tuesday.
Despite the first point going to Bradley, we'll say MJ won the battle. Decide for yourself.
First there were the Golf Boys. Maybe this group should be called the Beer Boys.
Graeme McDowell, Keegan Bradley and Freddie Jacobson are in the beer business, launching their own label of craft beers through Lakeland, Florida-based Beer Hub. The name of their company is GolfBeer Brewing Co.
Jacobson's Scandinavian Style Blonde Ale is brewed with Crystal malt and a variety of European hops. Bradley's New England Style Lager is made with two-row barley and North American hops. The other is G-Mac's Celtic Style Pale Ale, with a floral hop aroma and a snappy finish.
Each golfer contributed to the design of the packaging that features their name, signature and silhouette.
GolfBeer initially will be available on draft and in 12-ounce cans at select golf courses and restaurants in Florida, with plans to expand to grocery stores and bars next year. Among the restaurants that will carry the craft beer is McDowell's restaurant in Orlando called Nona Blue.
McDowell said as a golfer and a restaurant owner, the beer company brings together "two of my favorite things."
Each week of the season, our experts share their insights into which players fit the criteria for our four categories: Horse for the Course (a golfer who knows the track inside and out), Birdie Buster (a guy who could take it low this week), Super Sleeper (a player who could unexpectedly contend) and Winner.
This week's tournament: The Memorial at Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio
Horse for the Course
Michael Collins, ESPN.com senior golf analyst: Justin Rose. A winner here in 2008, he missed the cut in 2009 and 2011 but otherwise has finished outside the top 14 only once since 2004. So far this year, Justin has missed only one cut on the PGA Tour (The Players) and has five finishes inside the top 20, including three top-10s.
Farrell Evans, ESPN.com senior golf writer: Tiger Woods. He is the defending champion and a five-time winner of the tournament. He's won four of his seven events on tour this season.
Bob Harig, ESPN.com senior golf writer: Tiger Woods. A four-time winner this year on the PGA Tour, Woods returns after a two-week break following his lastest win at The Players Championship. Woods is the defending champion at Muirfield Village, where he has won five times.
Michael Collins: Rickie Fowler. Other than a horrific Sunday 84 last year (at least he got to watch Tiger up close), Fowler has found a course that seems to fit his eye. He's quietly putting together a solid year with 10 of 12 cuts made and three top-10s; you should expect a top-10 finish this week in Dublin.
Farrell Evans: Keegan Bradley I'm getting tired of putting Bradley in this category. But he does share the lead with Brandt Snedeker for most top-10s this season with six. In his last start, the Byron Nelson, he finished second after a first-round 60.
Bob Harig: Ernie Els. The Big Easy has been mostly quiet this year, but the reigning Open champion is coming off a tie for fourth at the BMW PGA Championship on the European Tour.
Michael Collins: Matt Every. He's missed almost as many cuts this year (seven) as he did all of last year (nine). But that's what should make him the sleeper this week, isn't it? What you probably didn't know was in his last four events he's hitting around 75 percent of his greens in regulation, meaning he'll have plenty of birdie chances this week.
Farrell Evans: Matt Every. In 2012, the 29-year-old former Florida Gator had a tie for sixth at the Memorial. Last week, he had his best finish of the season with a tie for fourth at the Colonial.
Bob Harig: Jordan Spieth. The 19-year-old rookie is coming off another strong week at the Colonial and looks to keep building on a strong first professional season.
Michael Collins: Tiger Woods. Crying shame it doesn't matter what anyone else does on the golf course nowadays. Not when "the man" is back to being "the man." This will be his sixth win at this event and wrap up player of the year before the second major of the year is even played. I'd wave the white flag, but it wouldn't matter.
Farrell Evans: Rory McIlroy. As much as Tiger is the obvious choice to win for his sixth time at Jack's place, the 24-year-old Northern Irishman is going to have a breakthrough this week, despite coming off a missed cut at the BMW PGA Championship on the European Tour. Last year at Muirfield Village, McIlroy shot rounds of 71 and 79 to easily miss the cut. He doesn't want to embarrass himself in front of Jack like that again.
Bob Harig: Rickie Fowler. A year ago he witnessed Tiger Woods' come-from-behind victory while failing to break 80. This time, Fowler gets that elusive second PGA Tour victory.
Keegan Bradley looked to be one of the biggest free agents this offseason when it came to equipment endorsement contracts after the 25-year-old captured the PGA Championship in his first major start.
Instead, his current sponsor -- Cleveland Golf -- inked the Vermont native to a multi-year extension where Bradley will play Cleveland woods, irons and wedges as well as a Srixon ball, according to the company's Twitter account. He will also continue using headwear adorned with the company names and logos. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
In addition to the PGA Championship victory at Atlanta Athletic Club, Bradley also won the HP Byron Nelson Championship for his first PGA Tour victory.
By virtue of those wins, Bradley is almost assuredly going to be the PGA Tour rookie of the year and will garner serious consideration for its overall player of the year award.