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St. John’s golf alumnus Keegan Bradley named U.S. captain for 2025 Ryder Cup

St. John’s golf alumnus Keegan Bradley named U.S. captain for 2025 Ryder Cup

A year after he was controversially omitted from the 2023 US Ryder Cup team, The Telegraph reports that former St. John’s golfer Keegan Bradley will captain the US team in the 2025 competition.

The six-time PGA Tour winner returns next fall to Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, New York, a course he played frequently while a college golfer at St. John’s.

PGA of America selected Bradley as captain of the U.S. team after Tiger Woods, who was expected to lead the U.S. team, declined the captaincy. The organization will hold a press conference to announce Bradley’s captaincy tomorrow afternoon at the NASDAQ building in Times Square.

Next year’s event will mark Bradley’s long-awaited return to the biennial competition. He has previously appeared at the Ryder Cup twice, competing for the U.S. teams in 2012 and 2014. The Woodstock, Vermont, native has a 4-3-0 record at the Ryder Cup, but the United States has lost in both events.

“I think about the Ryder Cup every waking second, basically,” Bradley said before the BMW Championship last August. “My biggest thing right now is not to think about it while I’m playing because it’s so important to me.”

Last year, Bradley was left out of the U.S. team captained by Zach Johnson despite winning two tour events in the 2022-23 season and finishing 11th in the U.S. Ryder Cup rankings. Justin Thomas, who finished 16th in the 2023 U.S. Ryder Cup rankings, was selected for the team. The U.S. team would go on to lose to Europe in the 2023 Ryder Cup by a score of 16 1⁄2 to 11 1⁄2.

Bradley raised concerns about favoritism in the Ryder Cup selection process in March Sports Illustrated article about his involvement in the release of season 2 of the Netflix golf documentary series Full swing.

“It was definitely interesting to see,” Bradley said Sports Illustrated. “Of course I do my own thing there, but I knew for sure that I was behind the 8-ball in that category. I said to myself, if you just keep playing well and keep winning tournaments, that’s the only way I’m going to prove myself. I love those guys so much—JT (Justin Thomas) and Rickie (Fowler) and Jordan (Spieth)—I hate to say a negative word or even have a negative thought about them.”

After a heartbreaking exclusion from last year’s team, Bradley will lead his home country in one of his favorite events on a course where he honed his game before turning pro.