Keegan Bradley Impresses in Round 1 of the Tour Championship, Boosting His Ryder Cup Hopes
ATLANTA — Keegan Bradley has made a strong case for himself as a Ryder Cup golf captain’s pick with an outstanding performance during the first round of the Tour Championship. The 37-year-old golfer shot a bogey-free 63, propelling him to the top of the leaderboard with a 10-under, tying Viktor Hovland and Collin Morikawa.
Bradley showcased his prowess on the greens, delivering a remarkable putting display, which included seven birdies, including both par 5s. While most players are aiming to capture the FedEx Cup this week, the Ryder Cup remains a significant goal for Bradley. This tournament provides him with a valuable opportunity to catch the attention of Ryder Cup captain Zach Johnson.
In his post-round interview, Bradley admitted that it’s impossible for him to disregard the Ryder Cup amid the constant questions and support from fans. He acknowledges that this tournament is just one piece of a two-year qualifying process, yet he understands the importance of performing well to bolster his candidacy for selection.
Currently ranked as the Traveler’s winner, Bradley boasts two victories this season, with an additional runner-up finish, five top 10 finishes, and nine top 25 finishes. Although he faced disappointment in missing the cut at the U.S. Open and Open Championship, his recent successes elevate his chances of securing a spot on the Ryder Cup team.
Experience also works in Bradley’s favor, as a two-time Ryder Cup veteran. Notably, he has never lost a match when paired with Phil Mickelson. While his performance in individual matches has been less consistent, his ability to excel in team play could prove invaluable to Johnson’s lineup. With the Tour Championship just beginning in Atlanta, this outstanding start could signify a pivotal week for Bradley.
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