Dear fellow golf fans: get used to hearing the name “Keegan Bradley.” Bradley, who was a relatively unknown golfer before he competed at the 2011 PGA Championship, surprised a number of golf experts by winning his second PGA tournament and first major on August 14. To commemorate Keegan Bradley’s young but already above-average golfing career, below are the numbers most often associated with the American golfer.
Statistics are current as of August 15, 2011.
June 7, 1986: Keegan Bradley was born in Woodstock, Vermont on June 7, 1986. The current Florida native studied at St. John’s University and managed to win nine collegiate events prior to his graduation from the school. On an interesting note, an aunt of Bradley’s is Pat Bradley, who is known for being an excellent LPGA golfer and she was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1991.
2008: The 25-year-old golfer began his professional career in 2008. Currently, Bradley only plays on the PGA Tour.
August 14, 2011: Although Jason Dufner and Adam Scott had a great tournament, Bradley was the victor of the 2011 PGA Championship. The former NGA Hooters Tour winner was tied with Dufner after the first four rounds, but narrowly beat him during the three-hole playoff round by one stroke. Keegan Bradley garnered a staggering $1,445,000 and Jason Dufner only earned $865,000.
2: To this day, Keegan Bradley has only won tour PGA tournaments. Besides winning the PGA Championship, he won the 2011 HP Byron Nelson Championship on May 29. Bradley was able to have a better tournament than Jason Day, Jason Dufner and Sergio Garcia, among many other golfers. The 25-year-old golfer received $1,170,000 for winning the tournament and Palmer was the runner-up.
3: It is interesting to note that Keegan Bradley’s 2011 PGA Championship performance was his very first ever major tournament. There are only two other golfers who have one their first major tournament: Francis Ouimet and Ben Curtis.
On a final note, Keegan Bradley demonstrated at the Atlanta Athletic Club that he should be considered as one of the best golfers in the world. Bradley has only won two PGA tournaments, but he is an exceptionally talented golfer and has a great amount of potential. Furthermore, the Vermont golfer is only 25-years-old and I strongly believe that he could win another golf tournament by the end of the year or at least finish as one of the top five golfers during a future 2011 tournament. Lastly, golfing expertise and enthusiasm runs in Bradley’s family and this could help him become more of a successful golfer during the upcoming years.
Brian Murphy, “PGA Champ Bradley ends American drought,” Yahoo! Sports.
Paul Newberry, “Dufner seems numb after throwing away major win,” Yahoo! Sports.