Posted August 07, 2012 on
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Keegan Bradley still has a hard time watching those tense final holes from last year, when he rallied from a five-shot deficit to win the PGA Championship in a playoff.
Looking back may be a little nerve-racking for him, but Bradley is confident as he prepares for his title defense this week at Kiawah Island - and a victory at Firestone last weekend only eases the pressure. Now Bradley can focus on winning this major championship without worrying about a Ryder Cup spot that is now all but assured.
After winning a major in his first try last year, Bradley's best finish in one this year was a tie for 27th at the Masters.
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Kiawah Island, SC. --- Its always hard to repeat.
The last college football team to successfully defend a national title was Nebraska in 1994 and 1995. The last NFL team was the Patriots in 2004 and 2005.
Knowing the last golfer to successfully defend a major might win you a free plate in chicken wings at trivia night. It was Padraig Harrington who won the British Open in 2007...
A brief look at the 94th PGA Championship, which starts Thursday on the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island (all times EDT):
Site: Kiawah Island (Ocean Course).
Length: 7,676 yards.
Field: 156 players (136 tour pros, 20 club pros).
Prize money: $8 million.
Winner's share: $1.445 million.
Defending champion: Keegan Bradley.
Last year: Keegan Bradley became only...
The world's best golfers are teeing it up and knocking 'em stiff at The Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, South Carolina on Thursday and PGA.com has all the action streaming live. Click the photo below to watch Tiger Woods, Keegan Bradley and the rest of the field in the first round of the 94th PGA Championship.
The PGA Championship has delivered its share of unlikely winners over the years, particularly one stretch in the 1990s when eight of its 10 champions that decade won their first major.
Go back to 1990, and the PGA Championship produced the most players who won only one major in their careers.
A year ago at Atlanta Athletic Club, Keegan Bradley was tied for the lead through 36 holes...
Being the last of the four majors does not mean the PGA Championship lacks excitement.
Think back to a year ago, when Keegan Bradley was five shots behind when he walked off the 15th green at Atlanta Athletic Club and wound up the winner. Tiger Woods went 21 holes with Bob May at Valhalla in what felt like match play for the entire round. And the PGA Championship had its share of...