David Bradshaw birdies way to another Open title
SHEPHERDSTOWN — When David Bradshaw blistered the Glade Springs Resort course in Daniels with a first-round 63, he was well on his way to winning his tenth West Virginia Open championship. The opening round 63 had the graduate of Shepherd University and Jefferson High School leaving the course on Aug. 26 with a four-shot lead.
After carding another impressive round of 66 the next day, Bradshaw had improved his bold-face lead to six strokes.
In the third and final round, Bradshaw played with far less pressure than in the first two rounds and completed his last 18 holes with a two-under 70, keeping his tournament-winning margin at six shots.
Ten Open Titles. Second only to PGA Hall of Famer Sam Snead, who registered 17 Open championships in his long professional career.
Bradshaw had posted Open titles in both 2016 and 2017, to give him three successive championships.
His total of 199 over the 54 holes at Glade Springs was Bradshaw’s lowest-ever score recorded in his many championships.
Bradshaw was able to complete the tournament at 15 under par after playing the par three holes in five under, the par fours in five under and the par fives in five under.
He had won the Open before at Glade Springs just outside Beckley.
Plans for the next month — Bradshaw will return to Canada and enter four straight weeks on the Mackenzie Tour. He also could set his sights on the Web.com Tour, where he has not played in 2018.
In the past, Bradshaw has played on the PGA Tour in both New Orleans and at The Greenbrier Invitational in White Sulphur Springs, but has never made the cut on golf’s most prestigious tour.
To return to the PGA Tour, he would have to go through qualifying school to get his card.