Keegan Bradley looks to Phil Mickelson for advice on any number of golf-related issues — how to manage his time since winning a major championship last year, for example. When it comes to his beloved Boston Red Sox, however, the native New Englander wants a hands-off policy from the new part-owner of the San Diego Padres.
“I told him to take it easy on my Red Sox, don’t take any of the players, and he can stay over there on that West Coast,” Bradley jokingly told reporters on Tuesday after playing a practice round with Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, and Rickie Fowler ahead of this week’s defense of his PGA Championship title.
Bradley, who wears his love of all-things Boston sports on his Tommy Hilfiger sleeve, said he could imagine nothing sweeter than being a part of the Sox, New England Patriots, Boston Celtics, or Boston Bruins.
“I mean, that would be a dream of mine — to own a piece of a Boston team would be about the coolest thing I could ever do in my life,” said Bradley, who reveled last year in tossing the ceremonial first pitch at Fenway and flipping the coin before a Pats game.
Speaking of the Patriots, a certain quarterback from Foxboro whom Bradley admires as much as he does Mickelson had some kind words for the 2011 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year on Tuesday. Tom Brady called into Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive” program to put in a plug for the pride of Woodstock, Vt., and Hopkinton, Mass.
“He’s a hell of a player, and I’ve obviously watched him since he came on the scene after last year’s big win,” Brady said prior to his team’s joint practice with the New Orleans Saints.
“We’re always rooting for him and the local guys from the area that root for the Patriots. There’s a lot of golf fans on our team, so he’s got a lot of support in our locker room. He’s a hell of a player, and obviously [it was] a huge win last week [at the Bridgestone Invitational] so he’s got a lot of momentum going into this week.”
Bradley, who added a “#WWTBD” (What Would Tom Brady Do?) hashtag to several tweets he blasted during and after his Bridgestone Invitational stint, has acknowledged that Boston sports “pretty much runs my life,” and counts Brady as his “favorite athlete of all time.”
Brady, by the way, told Golf Channel he began golfing when he was two and he’s “been hooked ever since.” Not to worry, though, football fans; the three-time Super Bowl champ assured listeners he planned to keep his day job.
Emily Kay is a regular contributor to New England Golf Monthly. You may follow Kay on Twitter @golfexaminer