Feb. 18, 2012
QUEENS, N.Y. (Feb. 18, 2011)-- St. John's alumni Keegan Bradley and Andrew Svoboda made a statement on Saturday that Red Storm golf, and Northeast golf can compete with anyone, anywhere. Bradley, the 2011 PGA Champion and PGA Tour Rookie of the year is tied for the 54-hole lead at the Northern Trust Open on the PGA Tour, while Svoboda is tied for the 54-hole lead at the Pacific Rubiales Colombia on the Nationwide Tour.
"It's great to see both of these guys doing so well," St. John's men's golf coach Frank Darby said. "They're both examples of hard work and perseverance paying off, and they have a great shot to do something special tomorrow."
Bradley tied the low round of the day with a five-under 66 at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. to jump up 10 spots and grab a share of the lead. The former Red Storm great--who is second all-time in school history with nine individual titles--birdied two of the final three holes and will play in the final pairing on Sunday.
Svoboda--the only St. John's golfer with more individual titles (13) than Bradley in St. John's history--shot a 67 (-4) to move into a tie with Skip Kendall for the three-round lead, and will start in the final group at Country Club de Bogota in Bogota, Colombia. Svoboda, who narrowly missed earning his PGA Tour card via the Nationwide Tour money list and the PGA Tour Qualifying School, will be searching for his first win on the secondary circuit.
Bradley will face stiff competition atop the leaderboard from four-time major winner and personal mentor Phil Mickelson, who is coming off a win last week on the PGA Tour. So far in his short PGA Tour career, Bradley has claimed two tournament titles, the 2011 HP Byron Nelson Classic and the 2011 PGA Championship, both by winning in a playoff. He also claimed the 2011 PGA Grand Slam of Golf in October, the PGA Tour's version of an all-star game.
Svoboda will tee off in Colombia at 10 a.m. ET with Kendall and Kirk Triplett, while Bradley will tee off in California at 1:25 p.m. ET with Mickelson and Bryce Molder. For all of the latest news on Bradley and Svoboda as they each try to claim titles, log on to RedStormSports.com and follow St. John's men's golf (@STJ_MensGolf) on Twitter. You can join the conversation with the hashtag, #stjmg.