Old guys versus young guns at Shark ShootOut
PGA Champion Keegan Bradley and his partner Brendan Steele managed to stay one shot ahead of the Champions Tour duo of Mark Calcavecchia and Nick Price after two rounds of the Shark Shootout.
“They’re almost a little annoying because they just don’t go away,” Bradley joked about Calcavecchia and Price. “They are playing such good golf. I said this a couple times today, but I haven’t seen Nick Price hit a shot off line in the whole 18 holes. They’re just such good players.”
It was a bit of a mutual admiration society as both Nick Price and Mark Calcavecchia were impressed by the youngsters.
“An experience playing with those two young players,” Price said. “Keegan Bradley hit some beautiful iron shots today. I can see how he won the PGA Championship. He’s a player who’s got a very big future ahead of him. Unlike us we’ve got great futures behind us.”
“There’s no keeping up with Keegan,” Calcavecchia said when asked about the young player’s distance.
“I hit it kind of average, and Keegan hits it long and straight,” Steele explained.
“I think the scramble probably suits us the best of any of the formats,” Bradley said.
On Saturday both teams partnered well. Bradley and Steele shot a 10-under par 62 in the better ball format and the are on 19-under par.
The key for that, they said, was that on many holes, they had two good looks at birdie. If one guy didn’t make, there was a good chance the other one would.
The only time they did not convert an advantage was on the 534 yard, 17th when Bradley’s ball took three giant bounces on the cart path. He had only 119 yards to the hole and 92 to the front of the green.
“I was almost too excited to be that close to the green,” Bradley said about the lucky shot. “I wanted to hit it and fly it in the hole from there. Probably the worst two shots I hit in a row. Luckily Steelie was up there close.” However, Steele made birdie.
Calcavecchia and Price did not show great form on the front nine, with Price making birdie at one and six and Calcavecchia making one at the ninth. But they caught fire on the back side.
“We hung in there and made six of the last seven to stay in it,” Calcavecchia said about the back nine birdie run. He birdied the last two holes to pull the team to -18. “We needed to stay close. And we did that. Only one back is certainly anybody’s game yet.”
The four will play again Sunday and, naturally, everyone wants to win.
“There’s a good chance for birdie on all the holes,” Bradley said. “Tomorrow, with the scramble, we should have a good look on every hole.”Written by Kathy Bissell
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