May 2, 2021
Palm Harbor, Florida, USA
Innisbrook Resort (Copperhead)
Q. You can sort of break this final round down into the first 12 holes and the last six. Let's start with the positive stuff. What was it like sort of going toe-to-toe having an answer seemingly for Sam those first 12 holes?
KEEGAN BRADLEY: Yeah, I mean, I played, I didn't play my best today, but I hung in there. Sam played unbelievable and he deserves to win.
Q. What changed for you on 13? What were you looking at, what were you contending with on that shot?
KEEGAN BRADLEY: I just hit a terrible shot. I hadn't really hit a really bad shot all week and you just can't hit it there, obviously, but you can't hit it right of the flag. And I just came out of it a little bit, it got gobbled up by the wind, if it goes another yard it might have been in that bunker, but it was a bummer.
Q. What did that do to your system? As you said, you hadn't hit a bad shot all week and all of a sudden you're two back quickly?
KEEGAN BRADLEY: Yeah, yeah, I mean, I felt okay, but I just didn't hit the shots I needed to coming down the end. But I'm proud of the way I finished off to come in solo second. A lot of points at stake, World Ranking points, so that, I can take that away from it.
Q. How do you process this day as a whole as you move forward?
KEEGAN BRADLEY: Well, my game's in great shape, I'm playing next week in Charlotte, I got the PGA coming up in a couple weeks, this is the best I've played in a very long time, even before I had won even when I had won BMW this is the best I've felt. So I'm excited.
Q. When you look at the whole, runner-up second is pretty good. So is that easier to get the disappointment out of what happened the last, those two holes basically, that one hole and you have a runner-up second?
KEEGAN BRADLEY: It is. I was in contention today obviously coming down the last nine holes, I've done pretty well in my career when I've had a chance and I just didn't hit the shots that I needed to coming down the end.
Q. What did you hit on that, on 13?
KEEGAN BRADLEY: I hit 8-iron. I just came out of it a little bit and I still thought it was going to get in the bunker, but the wind just gobbled it up.
Q. When it was in flight you thought you had cleared the water?
KEEGAN BRADLEY: Yeah, I was surprised it went in the water, certainly.
Q. You said playing better than you have in a while. What specifically and is there anything that you maybe worked on that's clicked?
KEEGAN BRADLEY: No, I mean, I've been working hard my whole career. But I just, things are really sharp, my numbers with my irons are really good. Hitting the ball great. Putting way better, chipping is better, so I'm ready, I feel like I'm ready to contend again and I got some big tournaments coming up, so I'm excited.
Q. Playing 36 with him, what did you see out of a guy chasing his first win that impressed you?
KEEGAN BRADLEY: Well, he's a great player, he deserved to win this week. I think he's going to win a lot more tournaments going forward. He's a good dude. I'm happy for him. He's never played in the Masters, so he's going to get to do that. He's a good guy, so I'm happy for him.
Q. When we talked the other day you said Thursday it was all about them when you went back, seeing them when you come off the green, win or lose, does it kind of put things in perspective?
KEEGAN BRADLEY: It does, it's great. We got a four-hour drive back to Jupiter now and we'll see how much I like them then, but it's been so fun having them here. We haven't been able to have them out in forever, so it's so fun to have them out here.
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