Keegan Bradley Wins WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

Chris HummerAnalyst IAugust 5, 2012

AKRON, OH - AUGUST 05:  Keegan Bradley celebrates his par putt on the 18th green on his way to winning the final round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club South Course on August 5, 2012 in Akron, Ohio.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Thanks to a double bogey on the 18th hole by Jim Furyk, Keegan Bradley came from behind to capture victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

After leading 71 holes, Furyk double bogeys and @keegan_bradley drains par putt to win @wgc_bridgestone on @golfoncbs. On to Kiawah!

— CBS Sports PR(@CBSSportsGang) August 5, 2012

Bradley delivered a spectacular six-under 64 on Sunday to place himself in contention, but when he walked off the course it looked like it wouldn't be enough.

However, Furyk, who had been in the lead for 71 straight holes, made an absolute mess of the 18th, and cost himself a chance for his first win since 2010.

He missed the green from the fairway, failed to get on with his next shot, hit a poor chip shot to five-feet and then missed his bogey putt, blowing his chance at a playoff.

Still, people shouldn't take away from Bradley's performance. He played brilliantly down the stretch on Sunday, and deserved his third career title.

The victory also gives him a ton of momentum heading into next week's PGA Championship, where the 26-year-old will be defending his title at the Ocean Course at Kiawah, South Carolina.

The win also all but seals Bradley's spot on the Ryder Cup team, a role he just missed out on in 2011 with the Presidents Cup.

Other notable finishers were: Steve Stricker (T2), Rory McILroy (T4) and Tiger Woods, who finished at four under in a tie for eighth.