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INZAI, Chiba Pref. ― American Keegan Bradley survived a shaky back nine on Sunday, October 16 to win the ZOZO Championship by one stroke over compatriots Rickie Fowler and Andrew Putnam for his first PGA Tour win in just over four years.
Bradley had two bogeys after the turn at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club, but came up big with a clutch birdie on the par-4 17th that gave him a two-stroke lead heading to the final hole.
"It's not going to be easy," said Bradley, who finished with a 2-under 68 for a 15-under total of 265. "I knew it wasn't going to be easy."
On the 18th, Bradley's approach landed six feet from the hole and he two-putted for the victory after Fowler (70) and Putnam (68) both sank birdie putts to pull within one stroke.
But the real drama came on No. 17.
Overnight leader Fowler came within six inches of making birdie with a long putt. Had he made that, it might have been a different story.
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Author: Jim Armstrong
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