Ryder Cup or not he was delighted to be sitting at the winner’s presser Monday night. “It’s so gratifying to get what comes with hard work” he said. “Sometimes you never even get it.”
Since his last win Bradley has gotten married. He’s had a child. He’s gone from rookie upstart to Tour veteran. But he’s never stopped caring; that much was clear as he thrust his arms into the sky upon his final putt dropping on Monday.
Just as a top instructor like Pat Goss could draw on the data to pinpoint strengths and weaknesses in Luke Donald’s game and devise a practice strategy that maximized the former and minimized the latter (focusing on Donald’s wedge game turned out to be key in his rise to number one in the World Golf Rankings) so could a weekend duffer discover in the numbers a vital lesson about expectations.