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Keegan Bradley named US Ryder Cup captain following Tiger Woods’ refusal of the position

Keegan Bradley named U.S. Ryder Cup captain for 2025

The PGA of America has announced that Keegan Bradley will be the U.S. captain for the 2025 Ryder Cup at Bethpage Black in New York. This decision comes after months of negotiations with Tiger Woods, who was initially the first choice for the role.

Bradley, who has six PGA Tour victories, including the 2011 PGA Championship, will be the youngest American captain since Arnold Palmer in 1963. The news of his selection was first reported by Sports Illustrated, and Bradley is set to be introduced at a news conference at the NASDAQ building in New York.

Having previously played on two Ryder Cup teams and never served as an assistant captain, Bradley’s selection brings some local flavor as a New England native who played college golf at St. John’s. PGA of America President John Lindert expressed confidence in Bradley’s leadership, citing his past Ryder Cup experience, strong relationships, and passion for the event as qualities that will benefit the U.S. team.

With Woods out of the running due to commitments with the PGA Tour, Bradley emerged as the choice for captain, despite not following the typical model of a player just outside the prime of his career. The announcement marks a shift in tradition, with immediate past captains usually serving as assistants at the next Ryder Cup.

Bradley’s dedication to the Ryder Cup and eagerness to lead the U.S. team in 2025 were evident in his statement, where he expressed his passion and appreciation for the event. As preparations begin for the matches, golf fans can anticipate an exciting competition under Bradley’s guidance at Bethpage Black.

This selection of Bradley as U.S. captain represents a new chapter in Ryder Cup leadership and sets the stage for an unforgettable event in 2025.

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