Monday, August 27th
WOODSTOCK, Vt. -- It is year 7 of the Keegan Bradley Charity Golf Classic here at Woodstock Country Club, the PGA pro and Woodstock native once again here raising money for the Pediatric Cancer Research foundation in support of the UVM Cancer Center and Children's Hospital.
This has become one of the biggest events of the year in the town of Woodstock. In the seven years since it started, the Classic has grown tremendously, and this year passed the one million dollar mark in terms of money raised.
"We first started it because of the floods in Vermont and this specific area got hit pretty hard.", said Bradley. "And we're taking a very small town and turning something very big out of it. So to raise 1 million dollars in Woodstock Vermont is so incredible. I mean it's a statement to the people that are all here and the townspeople that its awesome."
Keegan's wife Jillian is also from the area, as she grew up down the road in Hartland. The classic provides a great opportunity for them to return to Vermont and spend time with family. Two other people who have made this a regular date on their calendar are fellow tour pros Brendan Steele and Jamie Lovemark, with Steele making his sixth visit and Lovemark his second.
"To be able to know that I'm coming back here every year, it gives us a great excuse to come back and you know to bring two other tour players to a little town like this and to a country club like this is something that I'm sure that this course and this town never imagined would happen so it's something that I don't take for granted that they're here, and I know the people of Woodstock and Vermont are very appreciative too.", said Bradley.
This has been somewhat of a resurgent year for Bradley as he has posted four top five finishes, only missed 4 cuts in 24 events played, and briefly held the lead at this past weekend's Northern Trust. He says a lot of that comes down to being more comfortable near the top of the leaderboard, and that the next few weeks will be crucial as he sets himself up for a big 2019.
"It's a big step just to get yourself in that position so I think that I put in years of work to get to this point, and now I'm able to kind of go out more and play and be able to compete and that's the biggest difference.", said Bradley. "Yeah I mean the Fedex cup, there's so much to play for the rest of the year. There always is a lot to play for, but in the fedex cup, one good week, one good round on Sunday can change your whole year. So to get in the tour championship is the goal of all three of us here, and then that can set up your following year getting in all the majors and WGC's and you know we've got a big couple weeks ahead of us for us three guys. This is time to go out and play good golf, and that can make our next year a lot better."
Bradley ended up finishing in a tie for 34th this weekend, moving him up two spots to 47th in the Fedex Cup Standings. Those playoffs continue this weekend at the Dell Technologies Championship at TPC Boston. As of right now, Keegan is in good position to qualify for the third event of the 4-tournament playoffs as the top 70 will be invited to play in the BMW Championship in a week and a half, but he has some work to do if he wants to play in the season ending Tour Championship, of which only the top 30 players in the Fedex cup standings will be invited.