FedExCup spotlight: Keegan BradleyPALM BEACH GARDENS, FL - MARCH 01: Keegan Bradley of USA lines up a putt during the second round of the Honda Classic on March 1, 2013 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)July 31, 2013
By Chris Dunham, PGATOUR.COM
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 FedExCup chase.
Keegan Bradley returns to Akron, Ohio for this week's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational to defend his third, and most recent, title on the PGA TOUR.
One of the most consistent young stars on the circuit, Bradley has racked up 15 top 10s and 36 top 25s to go with his trio of victories in 72 career TOUR starts. That's a top-25 finish every other start for the third-year TOUR member who is still just 27 years old.
Firestone CC has been kind to Bradley in two trips to Akron. The St. John's (NY) graduate tied for 15th there in 2011 as he made his World Golf Championships debut. That year, Bradley entered the final round tied for fourth and made the turn in contention, but dropped off the first page of the leaderboard with a back-nine 41. HE had no such troubles last year when he carded a bogey-free Sunday 64 to track down 54-hole leader Jim Furyk and hoist his third trophy on TOUR.
One of just three competitors to enter the Playoffs inside the FedExCup top 10 each of the last two years, Bradley is on the fringes this year at No. 13 in the standings. Only Jason Day ranks better without the benefit of a victory. Bradley, however, has an August victory in each of his first two seasons on TOUR and a third eighth-month triumph would surely lift him into the top 10 for The Barclays.
Bradley has matched his top-25 numbers of the PGA TOUR Season in the Playoffs -- posting four in eight starts -- but still seeks his first Playoffs top 10. He's come close (T11-2011 TOUR Championship, T13-2012 Deutsche Bank Championship), but improved Playoff success is imperative in Bradley's quest to join the TOUR's elite list of FedExCup champions.
In the meantime, though, all Bradley can do is gain as many points and as much momentum as he can prior to the Playoffs getting under way. No course offers him an opportunity to do both better than this week's host venue.
Bradley's FedExCup finishes 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 --- --- --- --- 20th 21st FedExCup highlights • Bradley has qualified for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola in each of his first two years on the PGA TOUR.
• In those eight Playoff starts, Bradley has notched four top-25 finishes.
• He's one of three players to enter the FedExCup Playoffs inside the top 10 each of the last two years, joining Steve Stricker and Bubba Watson.
• Bradley was also one of just three players who never ranked outside the FedExCup top 30 in 2012 and is on pace to accomplish the same feat in 2013.
Bradley's WGC-Bridgestone results, FedExCup standings Year FedExCup before Bridgestone result Points earned FedExCup after 2011 25th T15 58.0 24th 2012 26th Won 550 7th