Add Keegan Bradley's name to the
The Vermont native has power, charisma, a Hall of Fame pedigree and some serious moxie after shaking off a triple bogey and five-shot deficit to seize the
The Wanamaker Trophy also gives Bradley a better trophy shelf than those of
It's a remarkable list. In one sense, the futures market on American golf is as bullish as ever. Yet its collective potential is also its biggest drawback — even the most ardent golf fan can't guess who might rise up in a particular week.
No breakout performer has emerged to lead the parade. Could Bradley seize that role too? Or is the 25-year-old simply a new flavor added to the monthly rotation?
"I don't want to be one of the guys that kind of disappears," Bradley said before leaving Atlanta Athletic Club. "I would love to be up in a category with the best players."
Introspection, though, tinged his next breath: "I hope I don't disappear. I don't plan to. And I think I can, honestly."
As competitive as the PGA Tour is now, it's all too easy to hit a dry spell and slip back beneath the radar.
Two years ago,
Kim had thumb surgery last spring and owns just two top-10 finishes in 2011, though one was at the
Johnson had chances to win two majors last year and captured a FedEx Cup event, but he hasn't lifted a trophy in 2011. Watney and Watson each have two wins this year but were invisible in majors.
Rare is the young pro's rise without getting knocked back a few times. But to break from the pack, he has to win a few and at least threaten in front of the biggest audiences.
Bradley also won this spring, though few had heard of him before the
He's not just the nephew anymore. He's extending a family legacy.
"I remember as a kid going to her tournaments and literally staring her in the face … and she was so into it, she would not even recognize me," Bradley said. "And I thought that was cool."
Golf fans saw a little of that intensity Sunday at Atlanta Athletic Club. Many liked what they saw.
Now the challenge is for Bradley to seize the moment again before fans turn their attention somewhere else.