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Bradley (69) Bolstered By Boston Supporters

June 18, 2022 - 7:11 PM
Vermont native and 2011 PGA champion Keegan Bradley would be a wildly popular champion at The Country Club. (USGA/Chris Keane)

The dream is still alive for Keegan Bradley. After grinding out a 1-under-par 69 on Saturday in the toughest conditions of the championship, the Vermont native is right in the thick of things with an opportunity to win his first U.S. Open and second major title. On the eve of the 122nd U.S. Open, Bradley, 36, expressed his reverence for the course that produced one of the greatest stories in golf history, Francis Ouimet’s surprise victory in the 1913 U.S. Open. Bradley, who like Ouimet won a major in his first attempt – the 2011 PGA Championship – isn’t quite the longshot that Ouimet was, but a victory on Sunday would be magical in its own right at the place that Bradley called “our crown jewel” of New England golf courses. A win, Bradley said, “would mean everything,” and the galleries certainly realize that, greeting him with cheers and applause as he completed his round.