If anyone has set the tone for the Ryder Cup this year it's Keegan Bradley. The St. John's alum might be the perfect person to lead the U.S. over Europe in the 39th Ryder Cup and he got things started yesterday.
The rookie was paired with veteran Phil Mickelson and together the two lefties looked like a couple of kids on the last day at school.
Bradley's exuberance and clutch play sparked the U.S. to a 5-3 lead after the first two sessions — going 2-0 with Mickelson in taking down two of Europe's best teams.
The 2011 PGA Rookie of the Year made big shot after big shot in between high-fives and chest bumps with his idol Mickelson.
Bradley called it the best day of his life and afterwards the Vermont-raised golfer said the Medinah Country Club atmosphere was like seeing his favorite football team at Gillette Stadium.
"[We were] running down the fairway, arms around each other, we were screaming," said Bradley. "It was like a Patriots game out there."
The 46-year old Mickelson echoed the sentiment and said he "felt young again playing with Bradley."
Bradley was superb on Friday. He made clutch shots and didn't wilt under the boisterous Chicago-area crowd while on the greens. His long putt on the 15th hole, all but clinched the win.
"There's a simple reason why Keegan is perfect for the Ryder Cup," said Mickelson, who went 2-0 on the same day for the first time in nine Ryder Cup appearances. "The more pressure the situation, the better he plays, the better he sees the shot, the better the result. There's no higher pressure situation than the Ryder Cup."
Bradley's energy might have rejuvenated his partner's game and it sounds like there's plenty more lightning left inside the former Red Storm star.
While the two players were enjoying a rousing ovation from the fans after yesterday's final victory, Bradley exclaimed, " Oh baby, I wish I could go 36 more."