CHARLESTON, W.Va. - "Close, but no cigar" hasn't hampered David Bradshaw's drive to earn a spot on the PGA Tour.
So, at 30 years old, here Bradshaw stands - the second-winningest player in the West Virginia Open's 80-tournament history - not willing to surrender a dream that took him from Bakerton, to Shepherd College and to San Diego, Calif.
"Never," Bradshaw said. "I'll never give up.
"Look, the average age of a PGA Tour rookie is 31, so I'm a youngster."
The oldest rookie on the PGA Tour this year is David Lynn at 39 years old. Of the 30 PGA Tour rookies in 2013, 12 are at least 31 years old.
Bradshaw, who doesn't turn 31 until next April, will tee it up today on the Cobb Course at The Resort at Glade Springs in Daniels.
This is his fourth try at Monday qualifying for the Greenbrier Classic. Twice he lost in a playoff (2010, '11) and last year missed a playoff by three strokes.
He's been on the brink in West Virginia, but has reached PGA Tour events. Bradshaw last Monday qualified for the Tampa Bay Championship this year, although he missed the cut after a 9-over par in two rounds.
In 2011, he played in The Honda Classic (21-over) and Zurich Classic of New Orleans (10-over), also missing the cut.
Mostly disappointing for Bradshaw is how close he came to achieving Web.com Tour status for completing the second stage of PGA Tour Qualifying School.
However, he won the West Virginia Open for the seventh time this year, securing a $6,000 payday. Last year, he won the Frank B. Fuhrer Invitational in Pittsburgh, which brought him $30,000. Last Wednesday, he finished T2 at the Fuhrer for another $13,000 paycheck.
Last year, the former West Virginia Conference Player of the Year cleared more than $30,000 in earnings after expenses.
He's not getting rich, but Bradshaw can see enough progression to continue his adventure.
"You have to look at it like a business," he said. "If I spent X amount of money, I have to go find it somewhere."
He noted the West Virginia Open as an example.
"(Winning the Open) is not an automatic, but as a professional I finished second twice and had five wins," Bradshaw said. "Essentially, that's $36,000 I pulled out of this tournament."
Bradshaw finished fifth in the eGolf Tour's Spring Creek Classic at Gordonsville, Va., netting him $4,000. He was only three strokes behind winner Bruce Woodall.
"I could've won and I played against 10 players who have played in the U.S. Open," he said. "I was right there. That was a field of 100 D1 college players. As long as I keep getting a little bit better year after year after year. I'm a little bit better putter than I was last year. This year my ball striking has been good. You're not just going to wake up one day and be a different human being."
As for the Greenbrier Classic, Bradshaw holds it in high regard, but not as much as he did in 2010.