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He admits that his choice has been the biggest surprise of his entire life.

Bradley sends the first message: “the top 12 will come, no matter where they play”

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The president of the PGA of America, John Lindert, has explained that the Ryder Cup selection committee held a telephone meeting just over two weeks ago and that Keegan Bradley was the unanimous choice to lead the United States in a year’s time at Bethpage, New York. There wasn’t even any prior contact to gauge his willingness.

Bradley was informed of his selection via a call while driving home from the Travelers Championship and, ironically, it was Zach Johnson who told him, the same person who called him a few months ago to tell him he was not on the Ryder team for Italy. A double redemption.

Keegan Bradley was left out of the American team for the 2023 Ryder Cup that lost in Rome. Bradley took it badly. He accepted it, but he didn’t understand it. He was ahead in the points ranking of other players who were chosen by the captain like Rickie Fowler or Justin Thomas. The world witnessed his disappointment in the documentary Full Swing. “I was devastated,” he said.

If the new captain is clear about anything, it is that he is not married to anyone. At least that’s how he made it clear in his first appearance before the media since his appointment was announced. “I’m going to have the 12 best players. I don’t care where they play. We have the mission to win this tournament. I’m not worried about the LIV issue. When we get to Bethpage in 2025, we have no idea what that situation will be like.” No favouritism, no politics. There you have the first message from the new captain.

Bradley, son of a PGA professional, grew up in Vermont and at the age of 13 attended the 1999 Ryder Cup at Brookline, Massachusetts live on his father’s shoulders. He was a direct witness to the historic putt of Justin Leonard on the green of hole 17 of The Country Club. The putt that he made in the Individual against Olazábal and that ended up deciding the Ryder for the United States. It is remembered as one of the hottest Ryders of recent times. The same is expected for New York next year. Bradley, in his element. Today he remembered that he ran to the green of hole 18 to join the celebration.

On the other hand, Keegan was part of the American team that squandered a 10-6 lead in the Individuals against the Europeans on the last day. After that, he promised that he would not open his Ryder Cup suitcase until his team won. More than a decade later, the suitcase is still closed, it’s about time to take it out of the closet…

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