VIENNA, W.Va. - The seventh time David Bradshaw won the West Virginia Open, he didn't need to sweat out a one-stroke cushion or win a playoff.
This time, he slammed the door on the field, and did it repeatedly.
The Jefferson County native and touring pro won his seventh Open in style Friday, posting a 5-under-par 67 to finish at 11-under 205, four strokes ahead of Sam O'Dell.
O'Dell, the Hurricane dentist who is much more of a part-time player, posted an identical 67 to easily win the low-amateur honor. After five holes Friday, he was eyeing a bigger prize when he climbed to within a stroke of Bradshaw.
Then the champ answered with an emphatic "no dice," eagling the 509-yard, par-5 sixth hole to take a two-stroke advantage. As well as O'Dell played, he got no closer the rest of the way.
Bradshaw, who entered the day with a three-shot lead over Woody Woodward, started the day at 1 over through the first five holes and looked vulnerable. Briefly.
"It was the turning point for me," Bradshaw said. "I was swinging pretty terrible, I would say, [on] 1 through 5. I just needed something to go my way, and I hit a good shot there and I made that, and it was game on."
He fired 69s in the first two rounds Wednesday and Thursday and felt good about neither. That carried over to Friday, but the feeling ended at the sixth tee.
"I crushed the tee shot there," he said. "I had 224 [yards] in; there was some room to the left of that pin, so I wasn't fearing it. I carry a 4-iron about 219, so I said I could get to the top of that ridge [but] I had to flush it. It came off as good as I've hit a golf ball all week."
A 5-foot putt later he had the upper hand again, and fellow competitors O'Dell and Woodward knew it. Bradshaw went 6 under in the final 13 holes, narrowly missing just one green in regulation.