PUTNAM SALUTES PGA TOUR ROOKIE OF THE YEAR KEEGAN BRADLEY
PGA Tour Honors Putnam Investments-Sponsored Athlete after Remarkable Debut Season
BOSTON, December 14, 2011 — Putnam Investments today applauded Keegan Bradley, named 2011 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year following an outstanding debut season as a professional golfer, which included teaming with Brendan Steele this weekend to become the first pair of PGA Tour rookies to win the Franklin Templeton Shootout. Bradley, who earlier this year signed a marketing partnership with Putnam, became the first rookie ever to win the prestigious Professional Golfers’ Association Championship, one of the world’s four major professional golf titles.
“Keegan Bradley’s unprecedented success in his first season as a professional golfer results directly from his commitment to superior performance, grace under pressure and dedication to effort and hard work,” said Robert L. Reynolds, President and Chief Executive Officer, Putnam Investments. “These are values that guide us at Putnam Investments, and we are proud to be associated with this outstanding young man, who someday may take his place among the all-time greats of the sport.”
Bradley’s dramatic, come-from-behind PGA title win in August, which he won in a remarkable playoff, was the high point in a season of unparalleled success for the Hopkinton, Massachusetts-raised 25-year-old. It made Bradley one of only three golfers in history to win one of the four major championships in their debut performance, following the historic win by Francis Ouimet in 1913 and Ben Curtis in 2003.
Earlier in the year, Bradley had come to national attention by notching his first PGA Tour win by clinching the HP Byron Nelson Championship with the first of his impressive sudden-death playoff victories, only several weeks after joining forces with Putnam. Bradley capped his first year on the PGA Tour by winning the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, a tournament that annually brings together the winners of the four major championships of men’s golf in stroke play competition to see who is the best.
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