Keegan Bradley named U.S.A.'s 2025 Ryder Cup captain

Passed over for the Ryder Cup team in 2023, Bradley will captain the squad in 2025.

America's 2025 Ryder Cup team has its new captain. Keegan Bradley, who was passed over for the team's 2023 incarnation, is the pick to lead the team against Europe next year at Bethpage, the PGA of America announced on Monday.

“I am incredibly honored to accept this opportunity to Captain the United States Team at the 2025 Ryder Cup,” said Bradley in a statement. “I would like to thank the PGA of America Ryder Cup Committee for their trust in me as we embark on this journey to Bethpage Black.

"My passion and appreciation for golf’s greatest team event have never been stronger. The Ryder Cup is unlike any other competition in our sport, and this edition will undoubtedly be particularly special given the rich history and enthusiastic spectators at this iconic course. I look forward to beginning preparations for 2025.”

Tiger Woods had seemed to be the consensus pick for the spot for quite some time, but Woods indicated in May that he has been extremely busy with another endeavor: helping to navigate the PGA Tour-Saudi Arabia alignment. Woods could still serve in some advisory role, depending on Bradley's preferences.

Keegan Bradley could be the new U.S. Ryder Cup captain. (Amy Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Keegan Bradley could be the new U.S. Ryder Cup captain. (Amy Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“We're still working on what that might look like, also whether or not I have the time to do it,” Woods said of the captain's job at the PGA Championship in May. “I'm dedicating so much time to what we're doing with the PGA Tour, I don't want to not fulfill the role of the captaincy if I can't do it.”

It's quite the turnaround in Ryder Cup fortunes for Bradley, whose omission from the Zach Johnson-captained team was a source of considerable debate heading into last year's Ryder Cup. The U.S. team was thoroughly trounced in Rome, and the powers that be are clearly hoping for a more favorable result on American shores at Bethpage Black in New York next year.

Bradley has won six times on the PGA Tour, including the 2011 PGA Championship. He has played in three international team events — two Ryder Cups and one Presidents Cup — but none since 2014. His career record in the 2012 and 2014 Ryder Cups is 4-2, and in the 2013 Presidents Cup, he went 2-2-1.

He appeared to be on track to earn a captain's selection last year, but Johnson opted to go with Justin Thomas. Bradley's bitter disappointment made for one of the most compelling scenes yet in "Full Swing," the Netflix documentary that has documented the last two golf seasons. After the U.S. team lost 16 1/2 to 11 1/2 at Marco Simone in Italy, all of Johnson's tactical decisions — starting with the omission of Bradley — came under withering criticism.

Team Europe has already announced that victorious 2023 captain Luke Donald will return in the role for 2025.