Keegan Bradley began his 2011 rookie campaign at the Sony Open in Hawaii, where he made the cut and finished T68. In his very next start, Bradley earned his first PGA Tour top 10 when he finished T7 at the Bob Hope Classic.
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In May, Bradley captured his first Tour win, beating Ryan Palmer in a playoff at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
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Due to his rookie status, Bradley did not make the fields at the year's first three majors: the Masters, the U.S. Open and the British Open. With his win at the Byron Nelson, he qualified for the PGA Championship, where he shocked the world by beating Jason Dufner in a three-hole playoff to capture the coveted Wanamaker Trophy.
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After his triumph at the PGA, expectations were high for Bradley heading into the FedEx Cup playoffs. He struggled at first, missing the cut at the Barclays and the Deutsche Bank. Strong finishes at the BMW and the Tour Championship, however, earned him enough points to finish fifth in FedEx points.
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As a 2011 major winner, Bradley won a spot in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda. Bradley defeated Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy and British Open champ Darren Clarke to take home the $600,000 first prize and cap his extraordinary rookie campaign.
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Despite his breakthrough year, Bradley did not finish with enough points to make the Presidents Cup team. Fred Couples used his captain's picks on Tiger Woods and Bill Haas and left Bradley off the team.
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