Family resemblance puts Bradley in winner’s circle

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“But he wasn’t much help that way,” Kaye Bradley said. “He used to say all the time, ‘He’s the real deal.’ But I didn’t want it to be this or nothing. I made sure he got his college degree.”

Yet it was Kaye who was unabashedly proud to revive a Bradley tradition. When Pat won her first tournament, in Australia, it was the middle of the night back at the family home in Westford, Mass. Determined to celebrate, Pat’s mother ran up and down the streets ringing a cowbell and waking up plenty of her neighbors.

“The bell is actually in the Hall of Fame now,” Keegan Bradley said. “My mom has started her own, new tradition, a takeoff on that. She runs up and down the street like a crazy woman with wind chimes.

“Might have to get that bell out of retirement,” Bradley mused a moment later. “I’d like to hear it ring at least once.”


Jim Litke is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at jlitke(at) Follow him at

(This version CORRECTS Corrects 6th paragraph to show latest winner in first major appearance was Ben Curtis instead of Francis Ouimet.)

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