Bridgestone Invitational 2012: Winner Keegan Bradley Will Defend PGA Title

Kathleen SoCorrespondent IIAugust 6, 2012

AKRON, OH - AUGUST 05:  Keegan Bradley celebrates with the Gary Player cup during the trophy presentation after winning the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club South Course on August 5, 2012 in Akron, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Let’s just look at the numbers: After the 18th, and final, hole of the Bridgestone Invitational, Keegan Bradley stood with a 13-under 267 overall, after a final round score of 6-under 64, to win the tournament.

I believe Bradley is on his way to a PGA Championship title...for the second time in a row.

Bradley’s numbers look pretty good.

He is currently fourth in Ryder Cup team standings, and the 2012 PGA Championship title would clinch him a spot. Last year, Bradley was the quiet, out-of-the-blue winner of the PGA Championship.

This year will be a little different.

Bradley is certainly not quiet. The relatively new professional golfer started his career in 2008 and things are just taking off. After his PGA Championship win last year, he has been noticed.

And if you brushed Bradley's win off as beginner’s luck, think again.

His incredible victory at the Bridgestone Invitational made a big statement going into the 2012 PGA Championship. Bradley is back and no longer a novice. He has proven his ability to compete among the best golfers in the world. His slow and steady consistency allowed him to snag the Bridestone Cup from six shots behind.

Bradley overcame Jim Furyk who was in the lead for most of the tournament. At the 18th hole, Furyk was one shot ahead of Bradley but floundered with a double bogey and finished with a final score of 69.

Bradley may have come out of nowhere when it comes to last year’s PGA Championship and this year’s Bridgestone Invitational. But that won’t be the case for the 2012 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

His game has spoken for itself. With the experience of last year’s championship victory under his belt, and his recent success at Bridgestone, Bradley seems well-seasoned and set to win his second PGA title.

Don’t let his previous rookie status fool you. Bradley’s got game.

A calm and consistent Bradley will take the 2012 PGA Championship title, nab a spot on the Ryder Cup team, and be on the path towards being a golf legend.