Golf provides a lot of drama on Sunday's, and St. John's University graduate Keegan Bradley was at the center of it at the final round of the Northern Trust Open at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, CA. Bradley and fan favorite Phil Mickelson were edged by Bill Haas, who made a remarkable-birdie putt on the second-playoff hole (No. 10) to earn his fourth-career victory.
On the short par-4 10th, Haas hit a wide-left drive, chip to the front of the green and made an unbelievable-birdie putt to sink Bradley and Mickelson.
On the same hole, Bradley hit his drive in the bunker, hit a beautiful-recovery shot to leave a makeable-birdie putt that he just missed and settled for second place.
On the playoff's first hole, Bradley hit the longest drive, faced just 161-yards to the green, and hit the only approach shot that allowed for a makeable putt. After, Haas missed his chip shot and Mickelson came short on his birdie-putt, Bradley just missed his putt to move the extra session to a second segment.
Both Bradley and Mickelson made birdie putts on the finishing hole, No. 18, to force a playoff after Haas entered the clubhouse with a four-day regulation total of 277 (7-under). Haas made a birdie putt on No. 17 and a par on No. 18 to enter the clubhouse as the leader and watch the dramatic 72-hole finale, which featured both Bradley and Mickelson hitting beautiful approach shots (Bradley's a bit closer) and making pressure-cooker putts to force more play.
If you missed it, well, here's the top-10 finish at the Northern Trust Open:
1) Bill Haas (-7)*
T2) Keegan Bradley (-7)
T2) Phil Mickelson (-7)
T4) Sergio Garcia (-5)
T4) Jimmy Walker (-5)
T4) Jarrod Lyle (-5)
T4) Dustin Johnson (-5)
T8) Bo Van Pelt (-4)
T8) J.B. Holmes (-4)
T8) Jonathan Byrd (-4)
*won in playoff