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Sunday
Dec022012

Keegan On USGA Statement: "That was very nice."

If you were away over the weekend you might have missed that Keegan Bradley reported he was heckled by a fan for anchoring his putter, and the USGA swiftly denounced this "deplorable incident."

Since Bradley's caddie didn't hear the heckle and the USGA reaction was severely overblown, Keegan seemed appropriately eager to have this go away after the final round of the World Challenge at Sherwood.

Q.  Crowds today, any incidents?  Everything all right?
KEEGAN BRADLEY:  No, no, no.  People were great.  I don't want to make yesterday into too big of a deal.  The people here in Sherwood were awesome.

Q.  I know the USGA issued a statement.  Did you get wind of that?
KEEGAN BRADLEY:  Yeah, I did.  That was very nice.

Be sure to cast a vote in the instant poll about the timing of the ban. We'll kick this around after a few more votes are cast.

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Reader Comments (17)

If Keegan goes to Rio, will spectators play a samba during his pre-shot routine?
12.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterD. maculata
WHo trained this clot? He is a walking encyclopaedia of bad habits.
12.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGhillie
Cha Cha Cha.

At least he appears to have stopped spitting.
12.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterStanley Thompson
And the owner of one more Major title than you Ghillie.
12.3.2012 | Unregistered Commentermetro18
So we can add "Very nice" to Keegy's sad Rain Man antics. My favorite is when he forgets one of the ticks -- i.e., twirls the club only two repetitions of three spins instead of three -- and then has to go back to the beginning and start over with the touch to the right of the ball, followed by the twirling, the stutter step, the backup, the re-twirl, the evil eye, and then the step-in... (Balk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

On a positive note, a classic moment of actual great camera work -- that of course the motor mouth "commentatators" missed -- was McDowell and his caddy trying to avoid looking at Rain Man on the 18th tee for fear of bursting out laughing before they were allowed to get on with winning the tournament.

As for Hicks, I hope the Johnny haters enjoyed what they got in his absence. I thought Hicks gave Berman a good challenge as to who could fill an empty space with more useless blather faster. Always to be followed by Maltbie tumbling out a description that was 180-degrees opposite of what was showing on screen...

This telecast made the Reset Cup feel like the Masters.
12.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterRLL
NBC golf is a joke. These guys giggle like little school girls over the most stupid and corniest things. Gary Koch? He's the male Kelly Tilghman. (Is that even possible:)?
12.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSun Mountain Man
Please don't say her name out loud -- it might make the suits at GC put her back on a telecast.
12.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterRLL
Actually he has not stopped spitting on camera. Good thing it was not Tiger.
12.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBuffett
Keegan seems to have added a 'rip the glove velco open, then close it, then rip it open again and close it' to his pre-shot routine as well. He's worse than Kevin Na ever was, but nobody is picking on him anywhere like they picked on Kevin Na.
12.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
That's because Kevin Na came out and said he knew what he was doing was ridiculous, and that he was trying his best to change. RainMan Bradley's response is, "What problem? I don't have a problem. You have a problem. What's your problem? Shut up or I'll sue you. It's not me with the problem. It's you. Ask my caddy. He'll tell you, it's you. He said what? Well, maybe he's got the problem. Maybe I'll fire him. Where's that velcro...? I love velcro. Don't you love velcro? See, it's you who has the problem."
12.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterRLL
He has one more major* than me. Thanks to one of his many bad habits.

I'll live.
12.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGhillie
I caught a bit of Saturday's play...Keegan and Furyk paired together was tough to watch in real time. DVR comes in handy for their pre-shot "routines".
12.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKevin part deux
All golf on television is impossible to watch without a DVR (unless you like doing Transcendental Meditation every six minutes with the mute button depressed). But with this kind of telecast, when even the "commentator" is saying during the golf, "While we have a moment, folks -- (cue the muzak) -- be sure to watch yadda yadda yadda next Wednesday night when you're stuck in the airport lounge with a cancelled flight...," I get Carpal Tivo Syndrome in both wrists even from trying to watch with a DVR. (But hey, I can still putt the next day without ramming a broomstick into my ...)
12.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterRLL
Mike Coo Coo Bird Davis continues to make recent major winners Bradley, Webb Simpson and Ernie Els the target of hecklers with calls of cheating. What did Mike Davis expect? Davis has stated that anchoring goes against the spirit of the game an is "cheating" and not allowed by the rules of golf. Instead of growing the game, making it less expensive and time consuming, Davis focuses on trivial rules. Davis should get rid of the ob stroke and distance and replace with a lateral hazard rule. Davis still doesn't get it.
12.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPete
After never bothering to address the absolutely outrageous heckling of Garcia and Montgomerie while playing in USGA events, the USGA has a lot of nerve speaking up on the Bradley issue.
12.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterRob
I have yet to see Bradley hock an oyster-sized loogie onto a putting surface like Woods did. As a result, I don't think the comparison is valid.
Raw oysters anyone?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj9FVkPJxjg

At least Ewan Murray had the courage to put the whole thing into proper perspective.

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