Keegan Bradley Opens Up About Ryder Cup and Surprising Take on Justin Thomas
Keegan Bradley recently shared his thoughts on the upcoming 2023 Ryder Cup, captivating the golf community with his unexpected perspective on Justin Thomas’ inclusion in the team. Despite his own deep-rooted passion for representing the United States, Bradley acknowledges that he will not be partaking in this prestigious event.
Team USA’s Captain Zach Johnson hand-picked a talented lineup consisting of Justin Thomas, Sam Burns, Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth, Brooks Koepka, and Collin Morikawa to don the stars and stripes as they face off against Team Europe in Rome.
While disheartened by his exclusion, Bradley surprised many by divulging his support for Thomas, even though the latter’s performance throughout 2023 raised debates around his selection.
During an appearance on Fore Play, the Barstool Sports golf podcast, Bradley candidly admitted, “If I was the captain, I would have picked [Thomas] as well. He’s one of the best players in the last decade, and he has something other players do not.”
Bradley’s endorsement stems from Thomas’ exceptional match play record, which distinguishes him on the international stage. Thomas boasts an impressive 6-2-1 record at the Ryder Cup, including a stellar 4-1-0 performance at the 2018 edition held in Europe.
During that year’s tournament in France, where the Americans were defeated 17.5-to-10.5 by Team Europe, Thomas shone as a standout player. Even under the added pressure of competing on European turf, he delivered remarkable performances. Notably, Thomas started the singles match by defeating Rory McIlroy, setting a positive tone for Team USA.
As Team USA hopes to break a 30-year dry spell of winning the Ryder Cup in Europe, Thomas will undoubtedly be a key component in their quest for victory. However, Bradley, despite his disappointment, recognizes Thomas’ worthiness and contributions to the team.
Curiosity looms around Bradley’s beliefs on which specific player(s) he feels he could have justified a place over. Having previously expressed confidence in his own merits for selection, it leaves fans and pundits wondering who Bradley may have preferred to see on the team.
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