It was a good weekend for former St. John's athletes: On Friday night, Chris Mullin, the school's all-time leading men's basketball scorer, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. (He was presented by legendary Johnnies coach Lou Carnesecca.) And then yesterday, Keegan Bradley, who played his college golf at St. John's, became the third golfer in history to win in his first appearance at a major, joining Ben Curtis (2004 British Open) and Francis Ouimet (1913 U.S. Open).
And the win came in dramatic fashion (albeit with a little help from Jason Dufner): After a triple bogey on the fifteenth hole, Bradley trailed the leader Dufner by five strokes. But then Dufner would bogey fifteen, sixteen, and seventeen, while Bradley made birdies on both sixteen and seventeen. The two were tied for the lead going into the 72nd hole, both made par, and went to a three-hole playoff, which Bradley won by a stroke.
Said Bradley — whose aunt, Pat Bradley, is an LPGA Hall of Famer and a six-time major winner — of his disastrous fifteenth hole: "I kept telling myself I didn't want that hole to define my tournament. I didn't want to be remembered as the guy who tripled 15 and bogeyed in." Mission accomplished.