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The Tour Report

December 26 2012

11:15 AM

No. 3: Keegan Bradley

To preview the 2013 PGA TOUR season, PGATOUR.COM is counting down the Top 100 Players to Watch in 2013. For an archive page with the top 100 players and for an explanation on how the list was compiled, click here.

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2013 PREVIEW: Keegan Bradley has accomplished so much already it's hard to remember 2013 will be just his third full season on the PGA TOUR. He already has won a major and a World Golf Championships event while garnering a reputation as a pressure player. Bradley made gains in driving distance, GIR, strokes-gained putting and scoring average last year and with continued improvement, 2013 could be a monster year.

2012 DEFINING MOMENT: Bradley atoned for a rare collapse -- when he fell out of contention at Firestone in 2011 with a back-nine 41 in the final round -- as he closed with a 64 to rally from four behind and win the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. The win was his third in 48 starts on TOUR and made him just the 10th player to have won a major and a World Golf Championships event. And if there were any doubts, Bradley proved he belonged among the elite players when he posted a 3-1 record in his first Ryder Cup, energizing his good buddy partner, Phil Mickelson, in the process. – Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: I think Keegan is the best on TOUR at using the long putter. Every time I watched him play, Bradley holed a putt from 20 feet or longer. He still struggles at flighting at ball, but Bradley's combination of length and putting will have him winning for a long time. -- Fred Albers, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio

BOLTON’S FANTASY OUTLOOK: While it's not the sexiest of nicknames, I like to think of him as "The Exception." Possesses a rare blend of a series of assets for a 26-year-old entering just his third year on the PGA TOUR. In no particular order: 1) superb driver of the golf ball; 2) plays a full schedule; 3) intensely competitive; 4) acknowledges his weaknesses without resistance (i.e. not averse to growth); 5) forged an all-encompassing relationship with Phil Mickelson. I wouldn't slot the 2011 Rookie of the Year this high in fantasy drafts, but he's not far off from first-round value if for no other reason than he's still building cachet. One of my tenets is to give guys three seasons on the PGA TOUR before qualifying them as worthy for the highest echelon. However, it's quite clear that Bradley belonged immediately. -- Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy expert

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Regular Season ranking

Final Playoffs ranking

Best finishes 1st Bridgestone Invitational
By the Numbers
Starts: 25
Cuts made: 21
Rounds played: 88
Top-10 finishes: 5
Money List rank: 10th
TOUR ranking
Driving distance: 16th
Driving accuracy: 87th
Greens in regulation: 52nd
Strokes gained-putting: 27th
Scoring average: 18th


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