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Last Updated: 22/08/12 1:59pm

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Keegan Bradley: Will be making his Ryder Cup debut.

Keegan Bradley: Will be making his Ryder Cup debut.

The 26-year-old from Woodstock arrives in Medinah off the back of two stunning seasons on the PGA Tour.

Bradley's aunt is former LPGA player and World Golf Hall of Fame member Pat Bradley. He is one of only three golfers to win on their major debut. The others are Ben Curtis (2003 Open) and Francis Ouimet (1913 US Open). Bradley is ranked No.1 on the PGA Tour's All-Around ranking - a measure of Scoring Leaders, Putting Leaders, Eagle Leaders, Birdie Leaders, Sand Saves, Greens in Regulation, Driving Distance and Driving Accuracy.

Last year he joined Ben Curtis as the only players since 1913 to win on their first appearance in a major, beating Jason Dufner in a USPGA play-off from five behind with three holes to play.

He wasn't picked for the 2011 Presidents Cup, but his Ryder Cup debut comes after victory in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

What stood out when he won the PGA (as well as his maiden win in the Byron Nelson earlier in 2011) was his battle-hardened attitude when the going got tough. Impressive, especially as he was a rookie on tour so had essentially had no battles to harden him.

His swing is not a thing of beauty, nor is his habit of endlessly stepping off shots, but he is a good player to watch.

There is something about his attitude that is reminiscent of Paul Azinger and you get the impression he could impact on the Ryder Cup exactly as Azinger did - as a tough, proud golfer who Europeans find very hard to beat.

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