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No Wanamaker trophy for Keegan Bradley on Sunday, but the kid from New England bounced back to finish third at the PGA Championship (Photo: keeganbradley.com)

He wasn’t able to defend his PGA Championship title on Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course last week, but Keegan Bradley overcame a potentially disastrous second round to finish with a final-round 4-under 68 and share third place Sunday in the last major of the PGA Tour season.

Coming off the third tour win of his career at last week’s Bridgestone Invitational, and with a Ryder Cup berth now official, all in all not a bad week for the world’s 12th-ranked golfer who arose at the crack of dawn on Sunday to finish his storm-delayed third round.

“Very, very proud of myself, especially shooting 77 in the second round,” Bradley told reporters after his closing round, which featured five birdies and a bogey.

“It feels good. I think it was a pretty good defense, when all is said and done.”

Next up for the 2011 Rookie of the Year will be some practice rounds at Medinah Country Club to get in shape for next month’s international matches against newly crowned PGA champ Rory McIlroy and the rest of the European squad. Then it’s on to the first leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs, The Barclays, followed by a home stand at the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston over Labor Day weekend.

Emily Kay is a regular contributor to New England Golf Monthly. You may follow Kay on Twitter @golfexaminer

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