U.S. Open 2012: Keegan Bradley Needs Strong Round 4 To Bolster Ryder Cup Hopes

After three rounds at the 2012 U.S. Open, St. John's graduate Keegen Bradley currently stands at 11-over, well out of contention. Despite that, he should still have plenty of motivation for Round 4. Bradley is on pace to qualify for the U.S. team in the 2012 Ryder Cup, and his performance on Sunday will have a direct impact on that.

Qualifying for the Ryder Cup is based on a points system, with the basis for points being prize money won in major championships and other official events. The top eight men in the standings automatically qualify for a spot on the team, and Bradley currently sits in eighth. Some of the men not far behind him in the standings, like Rickie Fowler and Steve Stricker, are ahead of him at the U.S. Open. After posting a 73 in each of the first two rounds, Bradley struggled on Saturday and posted a 75. If he wants to avoid losing ground in the Ryder Cup standings, he'll need his best performance of the week in Round 4.

A full, current listing of the 2012 Ryder Cup standings can be found here, and a live leaderboard for the 2012 U.S. Open can be found at USOpen.com.

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