US OPEN: New Englander Bradley for Big Sports Week in Boston – Boston News, Weather, Sports

BROOKLINE, Mass (AP) — New Englander Keegan Bradley is looking forward to a big weekend in Boston esports.

And also take part in it.

The Vermont native — and relative of Red Sox Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk — threw the first pitch at Fenway Park on Tuesday. Bradley will miss Game 6 of Thursday night’s NBA Finals because he will be playing at the US Open.

“Gosh, what a time to be in Boston,” said Bradley, who attended the Ryder Cup as a kid when it was held at the country club in 1999. “I wish I wasn’t going to be in the tournament so I could have fun with all these sporting events. Really, really great.”

Bradley played the US Open for nine straight years before missing out last year. He did not qualify for Brookline until he finished second at the Wells Fargo on May 8 and moved up into the top 60 on the leaderboard.

“I was pretty devastated. But the silver lining was that I was here,” he said. “I don’t take that for granted. I don’t know when the next major will be in Boston, so that’s cool.”

The 2011 PGA Championship winner, Bradley’s best result at the US Open, was a fourth-place tie in 2014. He has not survived the cut since 2017.

But he said he was even more nervous at The Mound at Fenway Park, where his wife, Jillians, played “Uncle Pudge” from 1972 to 1980.

“I’ve said over and over to many of my wives, ‘Why did I agree to do this?'” he said. “That’s all I need this week, you know, is the pressure. Every time I walk through the players’ restaurant, everyone says, ‘I’m going to the game. i film it You better throw a good one.’

“I was actually standing behind the hill… things got fuzzy. I was so uncomfortable,” he said. “Sometimes there are moments in my life that are shocking and to be with my family and play on this hill in Fenway Park is really surreal. It really is.”

MISSING STORY

John Bodenhamer, the USGA officer responsible for founding the country club for the US Open, has made a prediction about the US Open. He says something “magical” will happen on the 17th hole because something always happens.

This resulted in a history lesson that was all about the US Open.

He mentioned Harry Vardon making a double bogey in the final round of the 1913 US Open while Francis Ouimet made a birdie, and then Ouimet made a birdie when he won the 18-hole playoff the next day.

In 1963, Arnold Palmer missed a 2-foot. Jack Cupit was close to victory until he double bogeyed on the 17th. Both lost to Julius Boros in a playoff. Tony Lema might have joined them, except he did double bogey on the 17th and finished one out of the playoffs.

He said Curtis Strange putted from 10 feet over hole three (he had to win in a playoff in 1988).

“And even US amateur Jay Sigel beat my college teammate Rick Fehr by making a 45-foot throw up from the lower tier to win his consecutive US amateurs,” Bodenhamer said. “This week something will happen on the 17th.”

History is one of golf’s greatest assets and extends beyond the USGA.

The most famous shot on the 17th hole at Brookline was Justin Leonard’s 45-foot birdie – “The shot that was heard around the world,” as golfers remember it.

This putt was never mentioned.

PRIZE MONEY

The USGA is the latest organization to increase its prize money for the majors.

CEO Mike Whan said the prize money would be $17.5 million, with $3.15 million going to the winner. That’s a $5 million increase from 2021 when Jon Rahm won at Torrey Pines and earned $2.25 million.

And it falls in line with other increases this year. The PGA Tour has upped the stakes on its new media deal, with The Players Championship remaining the richest event on tour at $20 million. The hope was that it would inspire the majors to get involved.

The Masters went from $11.5 million to $15 million. The PGA Championship went from $12 million to $15 million.

Next up is the British Open, which had a total budget of $11.5 million last year.

VIEW THROUGH A LENS

Jim Furyk is one of three US Open players who last competed at the Country Club during the 1999 Ryder Cup, a stunning American rally that ended in victory when Justin Leonard potted a 45-foot putt on the 17th green .

The Americans were criticized for storming the green to celebrate with Leonard, although Jose Maria Olazabal still had a 25-foot birdie chance to bisect the hole.

You couldn’t blame Furyk for that. He was not there.

“I missed the Leonard putt,” he said. “I was a few holes behind.”

It was one of the more important victories for the Americans that day. Furyk faced Sergio Garcia, the spark for Europe, who was undefeated. Furyk took him down, 4 and 3.

And he saw the winning putt, but only after hearing a tremendous roar.

Furyk said he found a cameraman and was able to see the putt on a monitor.

“He took pictures of it. I heard the big cheers from 300 meters away,” said Furyk. “And then I ran onto the 18th fairway.”

DIVOTS: Jordan Spieth felt ill on Wednesday and stopped training early. He is expected to play in Thursday’s opening round, where he would tee off at 7:29 a.m…. Patton Kizzire is the first substitute. He is followed by Rickie Fowler. … If the cut has an odd number of players, the non-competing marker is Matt Parziale, a Brockton resident who was the low amateur in the 2018 tournament. He also played at the event in 2019 but missed the cut. Last year, the non-competitive marker was Jason Gore, the USGA’s Head of Player Relations, who played in the final group of the 2005 US Open.

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AP golf writer Doug Ferguson and AP sports writer Eddie Pells contributed to this story.

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