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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 197
In 2011 he was a 25-year-old with the world at his feet, having just captured his first major at the PGA Championship in just his second full PGA Tour season. Months earlier he’d won his maiden PGA Tour title at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, and then a year after his major breakthrough he won again at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. It looked like being the start of something special for the young man from Vermont. But last week Bradley was ranked 122nd in the world – his lowest mark since he was finding his feet in his first full year on the main tour in 2010. Already this season he’s missed 10 cuts in 17 events, with his best result (T-8) coming at the weekend’s Memorial, less than a month after he parted ways with his caddie Steven “Pepsi” Hale, who was on the bag for all three of his titles. We could go on for hours listing players whose time near the top was all too brief and now find themselves on the outside of the cut line looking in. Camillo Villegas, Aaron Baddeley, Y.E. Yang, Rory Sabbatini – they’ve all been there, done that, and then faded into obscurity despite having many good years left in the tank. The good thing about youth is that players like Bradley and Mahan, and even 38-year-old Donald, still have valuable time to turn things around. Problem is, the quality of modern PGA Tour fields makes climbing that ladder for a second time a challenge too great for most. E IT'S BEEN AN UPHILL BATTLE FOR LUKE DONALD SINCE HE LOST THE WORLD NO.1 RANKING. KEEGAN BRADLEY PUT NEW CADDIE CHAD REYNOLDS ON THE BAG IN AN EFFORT TO TURN HIS FORM AROUND.
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