By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Keegan Bradley misses being able to show up at a tournament, do his thing, and go home. But when you win -- and win a major as Bradley did earlier this year at the PGA Championship -- and are one of the best young players in the game, something has to give. For Bradley, 25, that meant time.
“The toughest adjustment for me…I pride myself on being very well prepared,” Bradley said Tuesday. ”There’s a lot more I have to do at a tournament now.”
At the start of the year, and even just prior to winning the PGA, Bradley couldn’t even have imagined playing in this week’s Chevron World Challenge. Now he must battle not only a slew of off-course demands, but on-course ones as well.
For example, Bradley has played in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in China since the end of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup, and he’s in the field this week and next for the Franklin Templeton Shootout.
In other words, saying no can be difficult.
“There are so many events you can play in the offseason, it’s not really an offseason anymore,” Bradley said. “It’s just another tour basically.”
For now, though, Bradley’s soaking it all in and looking forward to 2012.
“I know what I’m doing [this time around] and am able pick my schedule,” Bradley said. “I’m so excited to get back out there … and I’m not freaking out about my TOUR card.”
Bradley won’t have to wait long. He opens his year at the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions, followed by the Sony Open in Hawaii before the West Coast Swing.
As expected, the 18-player field for next week's Chevron World Challenge was released. Here is a quick look at the players in the field for this year:
Keegan Bradley: First appearance. Was T16 at World
Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.
Paul Casey: Always plays this event when eligible. Was solo third in 2010 and T5 in 2006.
K.J. Choi: First start at Chevron since his T8 finish at Sherwood in 2008.
Jason Day: First appearance. One of 11 Presidents Cup players in the field.
Rickie Fowler: First appearance. First U.S. start since missing cut at The McGladrey Classic.
Jim Furyk: A staple at Sherwood. Won here in 2009 after shooting 67-67 on weekend.
Bill Haas: Big year on PGA TOUR helps earn him first start at Sherwood.
Zach Johnson: Played at Sherwood last two years. Tied for fifth in 2009.
Matt Kuchar: Currently playing OMEGA Mission Hills World Cup with Gary Woodland.
Martin Laird: First appearance. Currently playing OMEGA Mission Hills World Cup for Scotland.
Hunter Mahan: Becoming a staple at Sherwood. Has two career top-fives there.
Webb Simpson: First appearance, but will be a favorite to win after epochal 2011.
Steve Stricker: Injured before Presidents Cup, but was 2-2 in four matches. Second here in 2008.
Bo Van Pelt: First appearance. Won CIMB Asia Pacific Classic Malaysia last month.
Nick Watney: Two starts at Sherwood, but still looking for his first top 10 there.
Bubba Watson: Currently playing Australian PGA. was T14 at Sherwood in 2010 debut.
Gary Woodland: First appearance. Heavy schedule since PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup.
Tiger Woods: In nine starts in this event, has four wins and four runner-up finishes.