If you don’t live on the west coast and have had to sleep through television coverage of the CIMB Classic from Malaysia, might I recommend that you put on a pot of coffee tonight and enjoy one of the best performances in golf this year.
Keegan Bradley, who played very well in the recently-concluded 2013 PGA Tour season but still went without a victory, is starting the new season off even better. Through two rounds at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, Bradley has taken a four stroke lead over Ryan Moore, and currently sits at an incredible -13 for the championship.
Statistically, Bradley leads the field in nearly every meaningful category. He’s made 14 birdies, seven each round, including six in his first 10 holes of the second round. Of course, those birdies don’t go very far if he gives strokes back, and the fact that he’s made only one bogey is even more impressive.
And what’s on your mind right now if you’re Keegan Bradley? Why, the fact that your hometown Boston Red Sox are playing in the World Series while you’re halfway around the world playing such great golf.
“In the back of my mind, I’m wondering what’s going on (with the Red Sox),” Bradley said in a post-round interview. “I know my mom at home is flipping back and forth, watching. It’s fun to know yesterday the Red Sox won [in game one], the (Boston) Bruins won and I shot 7 under.”
Bradley went on to say that he can’t remember a time when he’s been “more dialed-in” on the course. Coming from a three-time winner on Tour who has worked his way into the upper echelon of the sport, that’s frightening for anybody who’s in a field with him.
The tournament isn’t over yet, but Bradley has put himself in a position where he can just relax and continue to play his game. Right now, it looks like the only person who could beat him is himself, and I don’t see that happening.