Bradley says it's sometimes difficult to wind down after playing in a tournament. "It's a hard part for me picking out my schedule," he said. "It's a really hard time for me to take days off. Even if I'm not playing in an event, I'm at the course for two hours."
That's usually at home in Jupiter, Fla., or in the surrounding area. He, Ballo, Evan Beirne from Milford and St. John's, pro Jaime Lovemark, Hopkinton friend Jon Curran and pro Luke List live in Jupiter.
"The St. John's group and all of us are tight," Ballo said.
Ballo says he'll be at the Travelers Championship to caddie for Lovemark and to catch up with his former roomie.
The Travelers Championship will be Bradley's 17th event of the year. He shot a 65 in the second round last year in his first visit to TPC River Highlands and finished in a tie for 63rd. But less than two months later, he won the PGA Championship.
This season he tied for second in the Northern Trust Open, tied for fourth in the Shell Houston Open and tied for eighth in the World Golf Cadillac Championship. He has earned $1,710,477 and ranks eighth on the U.S. Ryder Cup point list.
"I felt I've had a very good season so far in terms of my goal of being in contention more often," he said. "I've done that especially earlier in the year."
Bradley would love to add a tournament title from New England Sunday.
"Coming home to New England is one of the most fun things in my life," he said. "I don't play in many pro events, Travelers andDeutsche Bank [Championshipat TPC Boston], here. I love being back. These are my roots. I'll always be a New Englander."