Bradshaw makes 7th Open title his easiest

VIENNA — Bakerton native and Jefferson High graduate David Bradshaw won his seventh West Virginia Open golf championship last week with three consecutive sub-par rounds that left him four shots ahead of runner-up Sam O’Dell, an amateur from Hurricane.

[cleeng_content id="696152559" description="Read it now!" price="0.49" t="article"]Bradshaw’s seven Open championships left him in second place on the all-time list of West Virginia Open winners behind only PGA Hall of Famer Sam Snead, who had 17 titles.

Starting the 2013 Open at the Parkersburg Country Club with a three-under-par 69 on Wednesday, Bradshaw either held the lead outright or had a share of the lead after all three rounds of the tournament that is open to state professionals and amateurs.

Bakerton’s David Bradshaw won his seventh West Virginia Open title with a four-shot victory last week.

Bakerton’s David Bradshaw won his seventh West Virginia Open title with a four-shot victory last week.

Bradshaw’s opening round included three birdies on the first eight holes. His 69 left him tied with Ian Patrick and with a one-stroke lead over both four-time Open winner Scott Davis as well as Bob Friend after the opening round.

On Thursday, Bradshaw came back with a his second straight three-under-par 69 to assume a three-stroke lead over the field.

Beginning his round on the 10th hole, Bradshaw had a birdie on that par-five, 539-yard hole. He later birdied the par-five, 515-yard 18th, giving him five birdies in two rounds on par fives.

After a bogey on the par-three second hole, Bradshaw was able to complete his second round with birdies on both the sixth and seventh holes to finish with another 69 and leave him six-under-par.

Bridgeport amateur Woody Woodward was alone in second place after two rounds when he carded a five-under-par 67 on Thursday. He was three shots in back of Bradshaw.

Friday’s third and final round saw the transplanted California mini-tour player fire a five-under 67 to keep the field basically playing for second place. O’Dell fired a final round 67 to finish four strokes behind Bradshaw’s 11 under par for the three rounds.

Playing in the final group with Bradshaw, O’Dell actually drew within one shot of the lead when the leader had a bogey and O’Dell birdied two consecutive holes. But an eagle by Bradshaw on the par-five sixth hole returned the momentum to the seven-time Open champion.

After that he remained at least two strokes in front until the close.

The Open title was Bradshaw’s seventh in the last 10 years. He finished second a year ago.

The margin of victory was the largest of any of Bradshaw’s seven Open championships. His other six titles came by only one stroke or were achieved in playoffs.

Bradshaw carded only three bogeys in the 54-hole event.[/cleeng_content]

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