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Focus On: Keegan Bradley

The latest rookie to win a major

Posted Aug 16, 2011 by Chris White

Keegan Bradley won the 2011 US PGA Championship

After winning the 2011 PGA Championship, American Keegan Bradley has shot to prominence after becoming the third man to win on his major debut, following in the footsteps of Francis Ouimet and Ben Curtis.

Bradley turned professional in 2008, starting out on the NGA Hooters Tour, winning at Southern Dunes and again in 2009 at the Texas Honing Open. He missed out on earning a PGA Tour card through qualifying by two strokes in 2010, but went back to the Nationwide Tour, recorded four straight top-five finishes and earned his Tour card for 2011.

He made the cut at the Sony Open in Hawaii this year, and then finished tied for seventh at the Bob Hope Classic.

He earned his place at this year’s final major, the PGA Championship, after winning the Byron Nelson Championship after a play-off with Ryan Palmer, and finishing tied for 15th at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, having shared the lead at the halfway stage.

Bradley came from three strokes back with three holes to play in Georgia to beat Jason Dufner, finishing 8-under par. By winning he became the seventh consecutive first-time major winner, and the first American to win a major since Phil Mickelson won the Masters back in 2010.

The win has propelled Bradley up the world rankings, from the 108th he held before the PGA Championship, up to 29th.

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