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Keegan Bradley: ‘I think about the Ryder Cup every second I’m awake’

Keegan Bradley is one of many American players battling for places in the Tour Championship, but also the 2023 Ryder Cup

 

Keegan Bradley yearns to be on the US Ryder Cup team, but could determination lead to his downfall?

The 37-year-old thinks about the Ryder Cup “every second he’s awake” but said he mustn’t let this jeopardise making his third appearance at the event.

Bradley would love nothing more than to fill the winless Ryder Cup void in his CV with an American side full of young talent.

The former PGA champion will be at the forefront of captain Zach Johnson’s thoughts for a pick with two wins this year, if he isn’t able to secure an automatic spot for Rome.

“I think about the Ryder Cup every second I’m awake basically,” he said at the BMW Championship. “My biggest thing right now is trying not to think about it while I’m playing because it’s important to me.

“I could bring some experience to the team. I would personally love to just be on a team with this younger group. All the teams that I’ve been on, they’re all gone. They’re all Senior Tour or done playing.

“I find that this younger core of guys to be really a cool group because they seem to really pull for each other, and it would be really fun to be a part of that.

“To be on a Ryder Cup team where my 2012 team they’re all gone, and this would be a totally different experience, and every match I’ve ever played, whether it’s Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup, I’ve played with Phil, so it would be interesting to have another partner, see what that’s like, and I’d love to play with Zach.”

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Also: 2023 Ryder Cup standings

Bradley fell at this week’s hurdle during last year’s FedEx Cup Playoffs, but planned to use the disappointment to fuel an upturn in form in 2023.

He went on to win the ZOZO Championship back in October, came second at the Farmers Insurance Open and won the Travelers Championship at the end of June.

His FedEx Cup ranking of 11th keeps him on track to make the Tour Championship for the first time since 2018, and possibly his first Ryder Cup start since 2014.

Lucas Glover’s recent brilliance epitomises the depth in quality of the US ranks, but Bradley is full of pride at his improvement 12 months on from a week that left a sour taste.

“I left this tournament last year on a mission really. I was pissed. Sometimes that’s good. It was the best thing to happen to me,” he added in Illinois.

“I decided at this tournament around today, around Wednesday, I think, I knew there were some changes coming to the tour and to the elevated events and all this stuff was coming, and I thought to myself, I’ve got to give this a really hard push.

“I made a lot of changes, and fast forward a year, and I’m very proud of where I’ve gotten. But I got such a big step ahead of me with this Ryder Cup. I would really like to be on a winning Ryder Cup team someday.

“I’m not there at the end yet because I did leave here with a lot of questions about the rest of my career. I didn’t want to just coast into the end. I think I’ve got a good bunch of years left, and it was a nice wake-up call.”

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Matt Chivers

Matt Chivers

Now on the wrong side of 25, Matt has been playing golf since the age of 13 and was largely inspired to take up the game by countless family members who played golf during his childhood.

Matt is a member at Royal Cinque Ports in Deal playing off a 5 handicap, just a pitching wedge away from his hometown of Dover where he went to school and grew up. He has previously been a member at Etchinghill and Walmer and Kingsdown in Kent.

Having studied history at the University of Liverpool, Matt went on to pass his NCTJ Exams in Manchester a year later to fulfil his lifelong ambition of becoming a journalist. He picked up work experience along the way at places such as the Racing Post, the Independent, Sportsbeat and the Lancashire Evening Post.

Matt joined NCG in February 2023 and is the website’s main source of tour news, features and opinion. He has reported live from events such as The Open, the Ryder Cup and The Players Championship, having also interviewed and spoken to the likes of Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell, Henrik Stenson, to name just a few.

Consuming tour golf on what is a 24/7 basis, you can come to Matt for informed views on the game and the latest updates on the PGA Tour, DP World Tour, LPGA Tour, Ladies European Tour and LIV Golf.

What’s in Matt’s bag: Cobra LTDx LS driver, Cobra LTDx 3-wood, TaylorMade P7MC irons, Ping Glide 4.0 wedges, Odyssey putter.

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