Ryder Cup 2012: Players Who Will Continue Their Hot Play Throughout Weekend

Justin WeltonAnalyst IISeptember 28, 2012

MEDINAH, IL - SEPTEMBER 28:  Keegan Bradley of the USA celebrates after holing his birdie putt on the eighth green during the Afternoon Four-Ball Matches for The 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club on September 28, 2012 in Medinah, Illinois.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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As much as I love the four majors of golf, nothing compares to the passion of the Ryder Cup. It may be the best golf event for the casual fan.

With all the passion from the fans and players, the Ryder Cup fails to disappoint. We have seen great performances Friday, but here are three players who will continue their quality play through the weekend: 

Keegan Bradley

Not Tiger Woods, not Phil Mickelson, not Rory McIlroy. No player shined brighter Friday than Keegan Bradley of the United States. It was a Ryder Cup debut to remember. Mickelson praised Bradley for his debut, according to the Associated Press. 

"He played some of the best golf and to be his partner was an awesome experience," Mickelson said. "I love, love playing with this man. He's just so fun, loves the game and plays with such excitement. And man, can he roll the rock."

Mickelson isn't lying. He must really love, and I mean really love playing with that man. Look what he did Friday. With that confidence and inspirational push, there is no way Bradley will fail at the 2012 Ryder Cup. 

Bradley made huge birdie putts, was extremely consistent and had that fire in his eyes throughout the day. It was a performance to remember. 

Phil Mickelson

Maybe it's playing with Keegan Bradley. Maybe his youth is giving Mickelson a shot to the arm. Either way, Mickelson has played very well at the 2012 Ryder Cup. 

Surprisingly, too. According to ESPN Stats & Info, Mickelson won his first match of the Ryder Cup for the first time since 2002.

This marks the first time since 2002 that Phil Mickelson has won his first match of a Ryder Cup.

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 28, 2012

Mickelson has shown extreme life thus far and it will only continue through the weekend.  

Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson

Yes, we are sticking to the American players here because they have dominated the day. Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson have been the best team going forward as they birdied every hole but two in the front nine.

They were six up on Peter Hanson and Paul Lawrie at the turn.

Dominating doesn't even describe how well they played. Watson and Simpson's chemistry was strong throughout the day, and they have really played to the crowd, just like every American thus far.

This team was a buzz saw all day long, and it will only continue this week.