St. John’s golf: Keegan Bradley tries to respond after Round 1 spinout

Former St. John’s golf standout Keegan Bradley tried to respond after his downward spiral on Thursday.

Keegan Bradley had an excellent start to The CJ Cup at Shadow Creek.

On Thursday afternoon the St. John’s Hall of Famer was as low as two-under par and he did it twice in his round.

Starting on the first hole, he birdied No. 4 and No. 5 but then gave a shot back with a bogey on No. 6.

Bradley regained that shot with a birdie on No. 9 and remained consistent with four straight pars to the back nine in Round 1.

Then disaster hit as the 34-year old stepped to the tee box on No. 14.

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Keegan Bradley ended his round on Thursday; bogey, double bogey, bogey, bogey, par.

The horrific ending to his round pushed Bradley to three-over par and he did not start any better on Friday and it was a roller coaster of a round.

Beginning his round on the back nine, Keegan Bradley bogeyed No. 10, found back-to-back birdies at No. 11 and No. 12, gave a shot back with a bogey on No. 13, and then birded No. 14.

Bradley’s first par didn’t come until No. 15 and then continued his impressive recovery with a birdie on No. 16, par on No. 17, and birdie on No, 18.

Making the turn to the front nine, Bradley was able to settle down with back-to-back pars but then carded a bogey on No. 3.

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Keegan Bradley then got back to three-under for the round at No. 5 with a birdie but unfortunately he could not go into the weekend at even-par for the event as he bogeyed No. 9 and will head into Saturday at one-over par.

Bradley is currently T-50 with Nick Taylor.

There is no cut line in the event, regardless of score or placing, so Keegan Bradley will try and make a dent into his 15-shot deficit as Xander Schauffele leads the event at 14-under par.