FedExCup Spotlight: Keegan Bradley
January 14, 2014
By Chris Dunham, PGATOUR.COM
- Keegan Bradley's first chance at a victory in 2014 comes this week at PGA West. (Lyons/Getty Images)
Each week, PGATOUR.COM will take a look at one of the FedExCup contenders in the field and break down his past performances at that week's event, FedExCup history, and potential for success in the 2013-14 FedExCup chase.
It would be unfair to say that Keegan Bradley is in a slump. After all, the now-fourth-year pro has three career TOUR titles including the 2011 PGA Championship and 2012 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.
But Bradley went without a victory in 2013, marking only the second time in the last six years that he failed to notch a victory on any pro tour.
Bradley won on the NGA Tour in 2008 and 2009, graduated from the Web.com Tour after a 2010 season that featured five top-10 finishes and three top-3s but no victories. He then won the HP Byron Nelson Championship as a rookie before his late-season breakthrough at the PGA.
Since his victory in August 2012 at Firestone Country Club in Ohio, he’s notched nine top-10 finishes but no more victories.
The 27-year-old returns to PGA West for the first time since his rookie campaign to compete in the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation. That was just his second TOUR start ever following a tie for 68th at that year’s Sony Open in Hawaii in which he only got to play two rounds because of weather delays.
In La Quinta, Calif., however, Bradley kicked off his career and Rookie of the Year campaign with his first-ever top-10 finish on the PGA TOUR.
Fast forward to today and you’ll find Bradley back at PGA West and looking to jump start, not his career, but what promises to be an exciting 2013-14 season. Bradley finished 10th at the CIMB Classic and tied for 11th at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions and will look to regain that momentum as he makes his first start of 2014.
Though he enters the week 50th in the FedExCup standings, history is on Bradley’s side. He’s one of just 13 players to qualify for each of the last three TOUR Championships at East Lake and earned his all-time best FedExCup finish (18th) last season without the benefit of a victory.
Like so many others, performances in the Playoffs will be a key for Bradley in this FedExCup race. While he does boast a strong record of seven top-25 finishes in 12 Playoffs starts, Bradley has missed three cuts in the TOUR’s final four events and has yet to crack the top 10 in any start. To put it into perspective, Bradley averages a top-10 finish in all TOUR starts outside the Playoffs but is 0-for-12 in those crucial events.
With points quintupled down the stretch, the only thing standing between Bradley and a run at the FedExCup, it seems, is his September form.
Bradley's FedExCup finishes
2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 N/A N/A N/A N/A 20th 21st 18th
• Won twice as a rookie in 2011 (including the PGA Championship), becoming the only member of his rookie class to qualify for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. • Has competed in all 12 Playoffs events since he joined the TOUR and has seven top-25 finishes. • Bradley is one of 13 players to qualify for each of the last three TOUR Championships. • Is one of just three players (Adam Scott, Justin Rose) to win a major and a World Golf Championships event in the last three years. • Bradley has racked up 17 top-10 finishes in his three-plus seasons on the PGA TOUR.
Humana Challenge results, FedExCup standings
Year FedExCup before Humana result Points earned FedExCup after 2011 82nd T7 82.50 34th