SISSONVILLE — Despite shooting a one-under par round of 70 on the first day of the three-day West Virginia Open golf tournament, six-time champion David Bradshaw fell behind the early leaders and could never overtake them.
Bradshaw would fire under-par rounds on all three days of the Edgewood Country Club-held tournament, but was forced to settle for a second-place tie because eventual champion Jonathan Clark posted a final-round 65 to win the event.
Clark became a two-time Open champion because he had also won in 2001 at Berry Hills Country Club in Charleston.
Clark’s last-round success saw him go five-under on the front nine to open a comfortable lead. He finished six shots better than both Bradshaw and Christian Brand of Charleston. He was 12-under for the tournament.
Bradshaw had rounds of 70, 67, and 70 to complete his 54 holes of the tournament at six-under.
The first-round leader was Brand, who carded a 66 to lead both Craig Berner and Sam O’Dell by one shot.
After two rounds, Berner had taken the lead after firing a four-under 67 to go to eight under after 36 holes.
Clark was stationed in second along with Brand. Those two were at six under. Bradshaw was contending after his second round score of 67. He trailed Berner by three shots and was two behind eventual champion Clark.
In Friday’s final round, Bradshaw, who has won the Open six times in all and had back-to-back-to-back wins in 2009, 2010, and 2011, carded a one-under 70 but never really threatened the hot-shooting Clark after the first nine holes.
Hurricane Amateur Sam O’Dell finished fourth with his five-under tournament.
Bradshaw still has won six of the last eight Open tournaments, the second-most in the history of the event where PGA Hall of Famer Sam Snead has won a record 17 West Virginia Open championships.