CBS Sports reporter Amanda Balionis Renner responded to fans on social media over the weekend after some took issue with her interview with Travelers Championship 2023 winner Keegan Bradley, when he called the tournament a «local event» even though he was a Vermont native.
Bradley, who is from Woodstock, Vermont, broke the tournament record at the Travelers Championship on Sunday with his 2-under-par 68 to win his sixth PGA tour event at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut.
«What does it mean to be a winner at your hometown event?» Renner asked an excited Bradley.
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«This is for all the kids who grew up in New England, they have to sit through the winters and watch other people play golf,» replied the 37-year-old professional.
«I am very proud to win this tournament. Traveler’s and everyone involved put together a first-class tournament. It has been like this for a decade, and I am very proud to be the winner here.»
However, fans on Twitter took issue with Renner’s description of a «local event.»
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«I STRONGLY object to the ‘hometown event’…he’s from a different state,» one user tweeted.
Renner responded to the tweet, noting that Bradley is from the New England area.
«Well everyone can calm down. This is the only regular PGA TOUR event in New England that happens every year,» he tweeted.
«Keegan has been coming here since he was 10 years old and always considered it his local event because it was the closest to home. Can’t we just have nice things?
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bradley, a New England Sports The fan himself recognized how «lucky» he felt to have the support of the local fans.
«It’s been amazing. I’m so lucky and so grateful to be from this area of New England and I just can’t believe it, this feels like a dream.»
Bradley became the first New England player to win the title since Connecticut’s JJ Henry in 2006.
Associated Press contributed to this report.