Full Name: Keegan Hansen Bradley
Date of Birth: June 7th, 1986
Place of Birth: Woodstock, Vermont
Height: 6ft 3in
Turned Professional: 2008
Keegan Bradley burst on to the World golfing scene with a sensational year in 2011, highlighted by victory in the US PGA Championship on his debut in a major. He is one of only three golfers ever to win on their major debut, joining Ben Curtis and Francis Ouimet. In just 28 tournament starts, he won twice and finished in the top ten on four occasions. He also won the PGA Grand Slam of Golf. He has since won the World Golf Championships - Bridgestone Invitational in dramatic fashion to secure a Ryder Cup place and starts 2013 at number 12 in the Official World Rankings.
Bradley attended St. John's University, winning nine collegiate events before graduating in 2008. He turned professional the same season and began playing on the NGA Hooters Tour, winning at Southern Dunes in his fifth event of the year. Bradley won a second event on the Tour in 2009 at the Texas Honing Open and also played two Nationwide Tour events. He failed to qualify for the PGA Tour in 2010 but finished 14th on the Nationwide money list to earn his PGA Tour card for the following year.
Bradley eased confidently into the PGA Tour, picking up two top-ten finishes in his first three events before winning the HP Byron Nelson Championship, defeating Ryan Palmer on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff. The victory gave him an automatic entry to the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational where he was prominent for two rounds before dropping back to tie for 15th place.
The following week he contested the 2011 PGA Championship where a second-round 64 gave him a share of the halfway lead. Bradley remained in close contention during round three but a triple-bogey on the 15th in the final round appeared to have ended his challenge. From five behind Jason Dufner with three holes to play, Keegan produced back-to-back birdies on 16 and 17 whilst Dufner dropped three shots to fall back into a playoff. Bradley won the three-hole playoff by one stroke. The victory saw Bradley rocket from 108 to number 29 in the Official World Rankings.
Bradley and Phil Mickelson both made long birdie putts on the final green to go into a three-man playoff with Bill Haas for the Northern Trust Open in 2012. Haas sank a 45-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to win the tournament. Bradley again featured strongly in the WGC-Cadillac Championship, holding a two-stroke lead during the final round before dropping four shots in the last four holes to slip back into a tie for eighth place.
Bradley won his third PGA Tour event at the 2012 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational by one stroke from Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker. Bradley trailed Furyk by four strokes going into the final round but closed to within one shot with one to play. Bradley sensationally holed out from 15 feet to salvage par whilst Furyk made double bogey to lose by one stroke. Bradley’s climb up the Official World Rankings continued as he reached a career-best of 12th when finishing tied for third at the 2012 PGA Championship.