Keegan Bradley may be known to the golfing world as the winner of the 2011 PGA Championship, but to his mother, Kaye, the New England skier turned professional golfer will always be her little boy.
“I am so utterly proud of Keegan and all his accomplishments, but it truly means almost more to me when someone comes up and tells me what a nice kid he is,” Kaye Bradley says in a PGA Tour-filmed Mother’s Day vignette. “That means so much to me.”
Bradley’s mother recalls that her son, “already entrenched” in golf by the age of three or four and “a fabulous ski racer,” was miserable in the snow. So she packed him up and took him to a double-decker driving range on Rte. 1 in Saugus, Mass.
“He hit, I don’t know how may buckets,” she says. “I didn’t think the smile was every going to get off his face.”
Bradley the golfer often talks about how he plays with a chip on his shoulder. “My mum always believed in me, that I was going to make it. There was never a question,” he says in the short film. “A lot of people did doubt me, but never my parents, never my mum.”
As part of the project, Kaye shared 18 little-known facts about the three-time tour winner. For instance, while it’s hardly a shock that a kid who grew up in Vermont and Massachusetts would have a yen for lobster, did you know that Keegan can tuck into five or six at one sitting?
Or that the kid who loved to golf also had a thing for fishing? “At a very young age [Keegan] used to hide a telescopic rod in his golf bag to fish in the river at the 13th hole at Woodstock Country Club in Vermont,” Kaye says about the 2011 tour Rookie of the Year.
For more about Keegan you may not know, visit PGATour.com.
Emily Kay is a regular contributor to New England Golf Monthly. You may follow Kay on Twitter @golfexaminerWHAT'S YOUR REACTION?