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Top 20 Golfers for 2012 Majors: No. 18 Keegan Bradley


They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2012 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Throughout the month of March, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 20 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee.

No. 18:Keegan Bradley

Born: June 7, 1986, Woodstock, Vt.| Career PGA Tour Wins: 2
2011 Wins (Worldwide): 2| 2011 Earnings (PGA Tour): $3,758,600
World Ranking: 20

Brandel Chamblee's Take:

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If you’re only as good as the company you keep, then Keegan Bradley is destined for blue skies on the PGA Tour. Jack Nicklaus, Jerry Pate and Hal Sutton, like Keegan, all won majors as rookies. Willpower is tied to belief, and Bradley showed plenty of both as he walked off the 15th hole in the final round of the PGA Championship. Keegan had just made a triple bogey and was trailing by five, but he would become only the third player in history to overcome that deficit so late in a tournament. That tenacity, coupled with one of the best tee balls on Tour, should keep him from suffering from a sophomore slump and make him an exciting player to watch as he tries to become the first current player in his 20s to earn multiple major wins.

Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 1
Wins: 1

2011 Performance:
Masters - DNP
U.S. Open - DNP
British Open - DNP
PGA Championship - Won

Best Career Finishes: 
Masters - n/a
U.S. Open - n/a
British Open - n/a
PGA Championship - 1st (2011)
Top-10 Finishes: 1
Top-25 Finishes: 1
Missed Cuts: 0

—Brandel Chamblee is lead analyst for the Golf Channel. Be sure to follow him @ChambleeBrandel on Twitter.