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Keegan Bradley’s polarizing stance on LIV Golf causes disgust among Americans: “Worst choice ever”

Keegan Bradley’s polarizing stance on LIV Golf causes disgust among Americans: “Worst choice ever”

Will the US team bridge the golf divide and win the Ryder Cup? John Linder, president of the PGA of America, announced that Keegan Bradley will lead the team for the upcoming edition of the Ryder Cup. As he took over the captaincy, he was scheduled to introduce himself at a press conference in New York the next day.

Former team captain Zach Johnson has often dismissed the chance of a LIV player playing in the Ryder Cup. The new captain, however, has a different attitude towards selecting the 12 players on the US team. When Bradley shared his approach to LIV Golf, he said he will only fill the team with the best players. This will be regardless of their tour affiliation.

NUCLR Golf recently reported the news on its official X account (formerly Twitter) with an excited picture of Bradley and wrote: “Keegan Bradley will NOT play political games in selecting his team.” They even quoted him: “I’m going to bring the 12 best players into the team. I don’t care where they play.”

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Do you agree with Keegan Bradley’s stance on LIV Golf?

SIcom writer Bob Harig also covered the 2025 Ryder Cup Captains’ Conference, highlighting Keegan Bradley’s disappointment last year when he learned he would not be part of the American team. Despite his strong desire to represent his country on the big stage, he was ultimately turned down and his dreams were dashed.

It only makes sense that this time around, there will be no beating around the bush and the focus will be solely on the play. Last year, the Stars and Stripes were forced to watch on the Italian greens as Team Europe lifted the trophy. To bring the trophy home, the US team may have to look past the LIV-PGA Tour rivalry and focus on bringing the best talent on board. “Our mission is to win this tournament. I’m not worried about the LIV stuff,” Bradley added. But does the golf community agree?

Is the golf community not in favor of including LIV golfers on Team US?

The golf community doesn’t seem to be very happy about Keegan Bradley’s decision to include the LIV Golfers in the Ryder Cup team. However, one of them thinks that it is not such a big deal. If the player is good enough, he will be considered to be part of the team. What happened last year when Brooks Koepka became the only player from LIV Golf to be part of the Ryder Cup team? And well, he did pretty well. When he faced Ludvig Aberg on March 23, he won 3 & 2. However, one of the fans mocked him for this attitude and commented: “For the record, they were considered for 2023, so I’m not sure why this is such a big deal.”

When selecting Ryder Cup teams, there are six automatically qualified places. In addition, the captain has his own selection for the remaining places. He can select golfers who were not in the top six throughout the season. Regarding the captain’s selection: “Um. Don’t they have to qualify for the Tour with points? So he plans to ignore everyone who qualified in the top 10 and pick whoever he wants?”

The European team had been undefeated on home soil for three decades, and the US team has returned without the coveted gold trophy. Zach Johnson was the last captain to fail, and so fans demanded that there must be a change in the team pattern to get back into the game.

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Although Tiger Woods was the first choice, Keegan Bradley was chosen because he did not want to take on the role. Now, fans are not very happy with this choice either, but they are ready to take any chance to win. One of them wrote, mocking both captains: “I’m not sure why Keegan is the captain, but at least he’s not Zach Johnson.”

However, another felt that Keegan Bradley was simply not the right choice for the captaincy. And the fact that he chose LIV Golfers on the team makes him an even more unworthy choice, according to the golf community. They wrote: “The worst election ever! We are being crushed.”

In the OWGR list, only two LIV Golf players are in the top 10: Bryson DeChambeau (9) and Jon Rahm (10). Of course, this is partly because you don’t qualify for OWGR points when you play for the breakaway league. Nevertheless, fans have taken this into account. Bryson DeChambeau’s outstanding performance has gone down the drain.

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While Brooks Koepka won the 2024 PGA Championship by 2 strokes over the world No. 1, DeChambeau won the US Open by one stroke over the world No. 2. However, according to fans, these were the only prominent LIV golfers in the season. One of them simply wrote: “That still just means Brooks and Bryson from Liv.”

Well, Keegan Bradley has stated that he is willing to enter the LIV golf tournaments to select the top 12. But is this a wise decision? Let us know in the comments section below!