Dec. 13, 2011
QUEENS, N.Y. -- The PGA Tour announced on Tuesday that St. John's men's golf alumnus Keegan Bradley was named the 2011 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year.
Bradley, 25, earned playoff victories at the HP Byron Nelson Championship and the PGA Championship, becoming the first rookie since Todd Hamilton (2004) to win twice.
With his PGA Championship playoff victory over Jason Dufner at Atlanta Athletic Club, Bradley became the first player since Ben Curtis (2003) to win a major championship in his first major start.
On the season, the 2008 STJ graduate totaled four top-10s in 29 starts and finished 20th on the final FedExCup points list. Bradley became just the fourth rookie to play his way into the FedExCup finale, the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, since the inception of the PGA Tour finale, joining Brandt Snedeker (2007), Andres Romero (2008) and Marc Leishman (2009).
Other players nominated for PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year were Chris Kirk, Charl Schwartzel, Scott Stallings, Brendan Steele and Jhonattan Vegas.
Also on Bradley's 2011 résumé was a title at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, the Tour's version of an all-star game, and a victory with teammate Steele at the Franklin Templeton Shootout. Bradley was also on the ballot for 2011 PGA Tour Player of the Year, but lost to world No. 1 Luke Donald.
As the only American golfer to win a major title in 2011, Bradley--who narrowly missed out on a President's Cup bid--leads the 2012 Ryder Cup points standings for the American squad.
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The PGA Tour contributed to this report.