Major champion misses a putt by 40 feet, then play is suspended

Genesis Invitational

Play was suspended on Saturday at the Genesis Invitational due to high winds.

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Keegan Bradley, on the 304-yard, par-4 10th at Riviera Country Club, had a 59-foot putt for birdie. 

He had a 44-foot pitch for par.

From off the green. 

“I’ve never seen a putt do that, though,” analyst Frank Nobilo said on the Golf Channel’s broadcast of Saturday’s third round of the Genesis Invitational.  

“I’ve never. Oh my goodness,” analyst Nick Faldo said.  

“He would have had to hit it through the fringe,” Nobilo said. “There was almost no putt.”

About a minute later, the horn blew and play was suspended due to high winds.  

Only the final grouping of leader Sam Burns, Tyler McCumber and Jason Kokrak had yet to start their round. Wind gusts, according to the PGA Tour, were expected to be up to 30 mph during the afternoon, and it’s the first suspension due to wind since the 2015 Open Championship.

Bradley and his ball had the wind at their back for his only hole. 

The 2011 winner of the PGA Championship started his putt just right of the hole, and about 10 feet from the cup, it was on line. It didn’t stop rolling for about another 55 feet. His ball trickled on a grass patch between two of the bunkers on the left side of the green and ended up to the left of the base of one of the traps, 44 feet away. He pitched back on and one-putted from 4 feet for a bogey.  

The flag and the flagstick whipped the entire putt. 

“He’s going to head down to the concession stand,” Faldo said on the broadcast of the putt. “Back at the 11th tee.” 

“Oh man. Well, that’s why they blew the horn,” announcer Terry Gannon said on the broadcast.     

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Nick Piastowski

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