Keegan Bradley went 3-1-0 in his 2012 Ryder Cup debut and returns this week at Gleneagles looking to add to his resume.
Paired with Mickelson at Medinah, the duo went wild in the last Ryder Cup, winning all three matches together. Bradley went on to lose 2 & 1 to Rory McIlroy in his singles match, but it was an impressive debut, nonetheless. As one of only two Americans who scouted Gleneagles in July, Bradley has been foaming at the mouth for this opportunity, and should be a strong contender this week.
Justin Rose finished in a share of fifth place at Gleneagles in the 2008 Johnnie Walker Championship and returns this week representing Europe at the 40th Ryder Cup.
In addition to his past success at the venue, Rose also enters the week with a fantastic 6-3-0 career Ryder Cup record. That includes a 3-1-0 foursomes record and a perfect 2-0-0 in singles. His form is nothing to sneeze at, either, with top-4 finishes in four of his last eight events worldwide, including a pair of victories. All signs point to Rose being a tough out this week at Gleneagles.
Zach Johnson will try and tackle Gleneagles this week at the 40th Ryder Cup.
ZJ comes into the week as one of America's top Ryder Cup talents, boasting a 6-4-1 overall record in three total appearances. Those concerned about his late-season form should have a look at 2012, as the form is eerily similar. In 2012, Johnson posted top 25s in just four of his last 10 events, adding a win at the John Deere Classic. He posted a 3-1-0 record that year at Medinah. He enters this week with five top 25s in his last 10 tournaments, including a runner-up finish at the John Deere Classic.
Henrik Stenson makes his third Ryder Cup appearance this week at the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles.
The Swede owns a 2-3-2 career record at the Ryder Cup. After a mid-season surge where he landed top 10s in five of six events globally, Stenson looked prime for a late-season charge. Instead, he fizzled out with five of his last six finishes falling outside the top 15. Had this event been last year, Stenson would have been in top form and expected to be one of European's bell cows.
Bubba Watson turns his attention to the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles this week at the 40th Ryder Cup.
The lefty arrives in fine form after posting top 30s in each of the four FedExCup Playoffs stops. Watson has been on a pair of Ryder Cup teams in the past, collecting a 3-5-0 record along the way. His three wins have all come in four-ball, where his record sits at 3-1-0. A record worth noting, but also means his record in singles and foursome matches is an ugly 0-4-0. Given his form this season, it wouldn't be a surprise if his overall Ryder Cup record improved after this week.
Jamie Donaldson readies for his Ryder Cup debut this week at Gleneagles.
Donaldson enters the week as one of three rookies on the European team. It's been a pleasant 12 months for the Welshman, as he's finished 8th place or better in 10 of his last 26 events, globally. That includes a recent win at the D+D REAL Czech Masters, as well as a runner-up finish at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. Donaldson went 2-0-1 in his last team competition, the EurAsia Cup, but the stakes and competition will both be a bit higher this week.
Eric Axley completed the Web.com Tour Finals with $36,311.66, good for the 50th and final position in the series.
Along with giving the 25 graduates of the Web.com Tour an opportunity to rise in in the ranks, 25 others would receive fully exempt status on the 2014-15 PGA TOUR via earnings in four tournaments. Axley cashed in all four, but placed no better than T12 in the second leg at the Chiquita Classic. However, his aggregate was enough to squeeze out former PGA TOUR member Roberto Castro by $31.66. The top 24 receiving cards are as follows (* = rookie; opening position in the reshuffle in parentheses): Bud Cauley (4); Colt Knost (6); John Peterson (7); Richard Sterne (9); *Zac Blair (11); Sam Saunders (13); Jim Herman (15); David Lingmerth (17); *Tom Hoge (19); Greg Owen (21); Tom Gillis (23); *Whee Kim (25); *Scott Pinckney (27); Tyrone Van Aswegen (29); Sean O'Hair (31); Heath Slocum (33); J.J. Henry (35); *Nick Taylor (37); Hudson Swafford (39); Alex Prugh (41); *Oscar Fraustro (43); *Sung Joon Park (45); Chad Collins (47); *Carlos Sainz, Jr. (49).
With a four-way share of seventh place at the Web.com Tour Championship, Adam Hadwin surpassed Carlos Ortiz atop the circuit's money list.
Hadwin entered the season finale ranked second and $15,736 back of Ortiz, who missed the cut in Florida to open the door for the Canadian. Hadwin banked $30,125.00 at Dye's Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass. (Justin Thomas finished in third, $34,133 adrift of Ortiz.) As a result of today's success, Hadwin will be exempt from the reshuffle on the PGA TOUR in 2014-15. He'll also receive an exemption to compete in THE PLAYERS over on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. While Ortiz didn't win the money title, he'll also be exempt from the reshuffle for winning three times this season, but does not get an invite to compete in THE PLAYERS.