A profoundly unimpressive performance at the Farmers Insurance Open last week notwithstanding (70-77, to miss the cut), Keegan Bradley can become a dominant player in 2013 and capitalize on the promise he has displayed so far in his career.
Bradley, presently ranked 13th in the Official World Golf Rankings, was a dynamic element of the United States’ Ryder Cup team at Medinah last year. He followed an impressive 3-1-0 record at the event with four top 10s in the Silly Season, err, end of season events.
Bradley, of course, achieved his breakout win at the 2011 PGA Championship, toppling a sputtering Jason Dufner in a playoff. Awarded Rookie of the Year accolades, it seemed he would build on the successes of his inaugural PGA Tour campaign.
2012, for the St. John’s alumnus, was a solid year, but not a quantum leap forward.
He made the cut in all four majors, played well in the Ryder Cup and made 21 of 25 cuts on the PGA Tour. Although he didn’t win a second major, he did win in gritty and determined fashion at the WCG-Bridgestone Invitational.
Perhaps more importantly, he made the aforementioned 21 of 25 cuts, an improvement over the 18 of 28 mark in that same category in 2011. This suggests more consistent play, which is critical to the development of a young golfer.
Assuming Bradley will continue to improve, here are some things the Vermont native can do to become a force on the PGA Tour in 2013.