SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Purdue’s Cole Bradley went 5 beneath in his final seven holes to win the Noblesville Regional and punch his ticket as a person to this week’s NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship.
The junior rode that momentum 1,700 miles southwest to Grayhawk Golf Club to take the morning wave’s particular person lead after a powerful bogey-free 4-under 66 throughout Friday’s first spherical of stroke play.
“I got a good look at the course and knew the spots you could be and couldn’t be and just kind of kept it in front of me today and played solid all day,” stated Bradley after his spherical. “I’m just taking it one shot at a time and just having fun with dad.”
Dad could be Rob Bradley, Purdue’s head coach, who’s strolling with Cole this week and received a front-row seat to the perfect spherical of the morning. Both father and son admitted that this week feels slightly completely different, however they’re dedicated to treating it like a standard event.
“We just went out there and played solid and had fun,” stated Cole. “My dad’s a great green reader and gave me some good reads today. I trusted a lot of them and just made good strokes, made a few putts and just keep doing the same thing tomorrow.”
“It was really cool for (Cole) to win regionals, walking with him there, so that was pretty special and then being able to come out here and get off to a good start, we had fun,” added Rob, noting how poorly his son performed the day earlier than throughout the follow spherical.
“And then today, he just did a better job of keeping the ball in play, hit less club off a lot of the tees and really didn’t have much to sweat out there. He hit a lot of fairways and a lot of greens, just kept the ball in the right places.”
No stranger to success, Rob has been at the helm of the Boilermakers program for eight years. Before settling in West Lafayette, Indiana, he performed for longtime Purdue ladies’s coach Devon Brouse when he was at North Carolina. After his 4 years in Chapel Hill, Bradley performed professionally on the Korn Ferry Tour (then the Nationwide Tour), together with two appearances within the U.S. Open in 1997 and 2003. After his ultimate skilled season in 2008, Rob was an assistant at North Florida for 3 years and Alabama for one, when the Crimson Tide gained the nationwide championship in 2013.
How particular it will be to win a second title with his son.