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Bradley revels in victory as Furyk despairs

ESPN staff
August 6, 2012
Keegan Bradley poses with his WGC-Bridgestone Invitational trophy © Getty Images

Keegan Bradley reacted to his WGC-Bridgestone Invitational win by saying he "enjoyed every minute of it".

The reigning US PGA champion kept his cool to maintain a close tab on Jim Furyk, and when the veteran double-bogeyed the final hole Bradley stepped up to seal his third PGA Tour event win.

"I just felt so strong coming down the stretch," said Bradley, who beat Furyk and Steve Stricker by a stroke. "Most of all, I just enjoyed every minute of it.

"I just kept telling myself to stay patient and just hang around today and see what happens. Just from being out there, you just never know what's going to happen."

Furyk found the manner of his defeat hard to swallow, and remaining gracious in defeat said: "Keegan played a heck of a back nine. He did everything he needed to do to win the golf tournament. I felt like I did the same until the 18th hole. ...

"I think right now I'm just a little bit in shock with the way I finished up. I turned a 5 into a 6 and lost the golf tournament on the last hole. There's no way I should have made double bogey.

"I've lost in some pretty poor fashions, but I don't think I ever let one slip nearly as bad as this one. This was my worst effort to finish off an event."

World Rankings: 1. Luke Donald (ENG), 2. Tiger Woods (USA), 3. Rory McIlroy (NIR), 4. Lee Westwood (ENG), 5. Webb Simpson (USA), 6. Adam Scott (USA), 7. Bubba Watson (USA), 8. Jason Dufner (USA), 9. Matt Kuchar (USA), 10. Justin Rose (ENG), 11. Graeme McDowell (NIR), 12. Zach Johnson (USA), 13. Hunter Mahan (USA), 14. Steve Stricker (USA), 15. Ernie Els (SAF), 16. Dustin Johnson (USA), 17. Phil Mickelson (USA), 18. Martin Kaymer (GER), 19. Louis Oosthuizen (SAF), 20. Rickie Fowler (USA).

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