Sunday, June 17, 2012
Updated: June 18, 4:34 AM ET
Bradley puts his dad on the bag Sunday
SAN FRANCISCO -- Starting his round 11 over par and with no chance to win the U.S. Open, Keegan Bradley rested his regular caddie, Steven Hale on the 72nd hole, and let his dad, Mark, loop for him on Father's Day.
With Pops on the bag, the 2011 PGA Champion shot a 7-over-par 77 in his final round.
"It was great. It was pretty cool," Keegan Bradley said. "It was a very cool experience that I'm sure we'll never forget."
The elder Bradley recalled his son's disappointment at not qualifying for past U.S. Opens.
"The earliest memories of U.S. Opens with my son Keegan is him driving back going to a regional or sectional qualifier and just missing the cut," Mark Bradley said. "I'd wait for the call and he'd call me and say dad, I missed, and sometimes by a lot and sometimes by just a few."
Mark Bradley remembered the time when his son failed to make it into the 2009 Open at Bethpage.
"He had a sectional qualifier in New York and missed by a shot playing at Bethpage, which was his home course in college. So that was really disappointing," Mark said. "So it's been a long haul, but he finally made it. And it was the right time and the right place and he learned a lot."
Bradley has now made the cut in all three of his major appearances.
Farrell Evans covers golf for ESPN and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.