Defending PGA Champion Keegan Bradley hit not one, not two, but a handful of trick shots off the USS Yorktown this afternoon, winning free ground passes for this year's championship game for dozens of onlookers.
The 2011 champion was in the Lowcountry to test out the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island, the site of the 2012 PGA Championship. He made the trip to Mount Pleasant to attempt several shots from the Yorktown into a target 200 yards off the flight deck of the historic aircraft carrier.
Bradley hit two of the three practice shots and then went on to hit another handful into the target below. He said the conditions were difficult. The height of the deck, the wind and the special floating golf balls all made the task difficult, he said.
The crowd was lured to the ship on the promise that if Bradley sunk just one of his attempts they would win free ground passes to the first day of the championship game. A handful of military servicemembers were on hand. All military will be admitted free to this year's games.