Keegan Bradley, PGA Championship
Keegan Bradley showed the world that he could really play some great golf when he won the PGA Championship last year. He is one of three golfers to win a major when it was their first major. The other two were Ben Curtis and Francis Ouimet, who is recognized from the golf movie, The Greatest Game Ever Played.
Bradley won five events in his rookie season on the PGA Tour, two of them were PGA Tour events. The rest of his victories were charity events, or events not associated with the PGA Tour.
He was also voted the 2011 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year by his fellow golfers.
After Bradley won the PGA Championship, there was a lot of controversy with the long putter. He was the first player to ever win a major with the long putter, and many thought that the long putter gave the player an unfair advantage.
The argument of the long putter giving an unfair advantage is weak, because, just like irons or drivers, there are different styles of putters. For example, if one golfer has a Taylor Made driver that can drive 300 yards, and another golfer has a Wilson Staff driver that can drive 250 yards, should Taylor Made drivers be banned? In much the same way, long putters should not be viewed in this fashion.
2012 has not necessarily been the best for Bradley, as he has not won an event yet.
However, because of his fierce play and his determination to never give up (as seen last year at the PGA Championship), Bradley will be a contender to hold the Claret Jug at the 141st British Open.