Keegan Bradley Named Captain of 2025 U.S. Ryder Cup Team for the Season Triumph

Keegan Bradley has been appointed as the captain of the 2025 U.S. Ryder Cup Team, a surprising decision by the PGA of America for the seasonal glory.

Bradley, a six-time champion on the PGA TOUR, has participated in one Presidents Cup and two Ryder Cups. In his two Ryder Cup runs (2012) and (2014), he is 4-3-0; in the 2013 Presidents Cup, he is 2-2-1. He has never served as either the event’s captain or assistant captain.

Keegan Bradley Named Captain of 2025 U.S. Ryder Cup Team for the Season Triumph
Since going professional in 2008, Keegan Bradley has won six PGA Tour events in addition to one major. Photo Credit: Getty Images via BBC

When the Ryder Cup comes around the following year, Bradley, 39, will be the youngest captain since the 1934-year-old Arnold Palmer, who served as a playing captain in 1963.

In a statement made public on Monday, Bradley said, “I am immensely honored to accept this opportunity to captain the United States Team at the 2025 Ryder Cup.” “I express my gratitude to the PGA of America Ryder Cup Committee for their confidence in me as we set out to visit Bethpage Black, located at Farmingdale, New York.

“I’ve never had a greater love or appreciation for golf’s premier team tournament. The Ryder Cup is unlike any other competition in our sport, and with its illustrious history and raucous supporters at this legendary course, this edition will surely be extra remarkable. I’m excited to start making plans for 2025.

For Bradley, who was debatably left off the team while being considered for a captain’s pick in the 2023 Ryder Cup, it’s a full circle moment. Prior to Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, the eventual selections, he was rated 11th in the points ranking. Bradley last competed in the Ryder Cup in 2014 at Gleneagles, Scotland, and he is renowned for not having yet to unpack his bag from that week.

In the end, Bradley will receive his Ryder Cup redemption, but perhaps not in the way he had hoped. He will make his way back to Bethpage Black, where he was a regular player at St. John’s University in New York City throughout his college career. The team was permitted to play on Mondays, even though the course is closed, by the course supervisor.

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Given that Tiger Woods has dominated much of the conversation surrounding the unclaimed U.S. captaincy, Monday’s announcement was unexpected. Eight-time Ryder Cup competitor Woods was widely believed to be the front-runner and confirmed that talks had been held with the PGA of America over the possibilities.

Woods stated, “We’re still working on what that might look like,” at the May PGA Championship. Additionally, if I have the time to complete it. I want to give the PGA TOUR my all, and I don’t want to fail at the responsibility of captain. That’s why I’m devoting so much time to it.

During the 2019 Presidents Cup, 48-year-old Woods captained the American team to victory over the international team. In the end, Woods turned down the position for 2025, according to Telegraph Sport, which made room for Bradley.

Bradley’s appointment as captain marks a change from the PGA of America’s customary selection procedure. Compared to recent captains Zach Johnson, Jim Furyk, and Davis Love III—all of whom served as assistant captains during at least one Ryder Cup—Bradley is both younger and less seasoned.

Maybe it’s exactly the pick-me-up the American team needed after losing to the Europeans 16.5–11.5 at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in the fall. Bradley will definitely bring the passion, if nothing else.

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