Keegan Bradley Breaking Out, Becoming A Star At Ryder Cup 2012

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Keegan Bradley is showing that his first showing on the stage at the Ryder Cup isn’t too big for him to handle.

Bradley burst onto the scene as a rookie in 2011, winning a pair of tournaments, including the PGA Championship. He was the Rookie of the Year last year, but his results have been mixed in the tournaments since. The earlygoing in the Ryder Cup, however, has been a different story.

On Friday, Bradley and Phil Mickelson were absolute dynamite. They won both of their matches, besting Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia in the morning foursomes, before taking care of business against Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell in the afternoon fourball.

It was the first time Mickelson had won two matches in one day, and Bradley looked like anything but a rookie in helping him to do so. The pair patrolled the course with energy all day and really bounced well off of each other. Mickelson has served as something of a mentor for Bradley in his time on the tour.

Bradley sunk a birdie putt on the 15th hole on Friday to give the U.S. the win in the foursomes was a beaut, and his celebration afterward was even better. The emotion he showed on that hole was something we saw from him all day, to the point where he was even helping Mickelson to get pumped before a shot.

In today’s game, there are no shortage of young stars. The past couple of years have seen several break out with huge wins on tour, none more than Bubba Watson at the Masters earlier this year. But if he wasn’t already, Bradley is quickly becoming a fan favorite on tour.

He’s always been active on the Twitter, as many of these young guns are. But his play at the Ryder Cup, and his display of emotion have him as a big time fan favorite, and could help to rocket him up to stardom in the very near future. It will be interesting to see how he plays through the rest of the weekend, and if this type of success continues, I look forward to seeing the level that he can reach following the Ryder Cup.