As defending titleholder at this week’s PGA Tour stop on South Carolina’s Kiawah Island, Keegan Bradley has had to meet a bunch of obligations he never knew existed until he hoisted the 2011 Wanamaker Trophy.
With Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and John Daly among the players inquiring about what was on the menu for Tuesday night, last year’s Rookie of the Year realized he could order whatever he wanted for the annual chow down honoring past PGA Championship winners.
“I really, truly wasn't aware of the champions' dinner. I knew of it, but that's not something you think about after you win it,” Bradley told reporters Tuesday. “It's an unbelievable thing to have the guys come up to you that are a part of this club as winners of the PGA come up to you and ask what you're having for dinner.”
Being the dyed-in-the-wool Boston guy that he is, Bradley -- who brought his PGA club professional father Mark to dinner as his “plus-one” -- opted for a traditional New England surf and turf meal of Maine lobster, filet, corn on the cob, and ice cream sundaes.
As an added bonus, the avid fan who lives and breathes Boston sports presented each of his fellow PGA champions with a Red Sox jersey customized with the player’s last name and the year of his victory sewn on the back. While Woods bleeds Dodgers blue, perhaps Mickelson, new part-owner of the Padres, will don his red and white (Bradley’s Sunday colors) threads if he makes a return appearance to the batting cage at Fenway during the upcoming Deutsche Bank Championship.