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Bradley highlights PGA Tour Rookie of the Year nominees

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Who was this year’s PGA Tour Rookie of the Year?

Keegan Bradley’s the clear frontrunner as the only rookie in 2011 to win twice, with one of his victories a major, the PGA Championship. PGA Tour members will vote with the winner to be named about Dec. 12. 

Here are the six nominees designated by the PGA Tour Player Advisory Council and player directors and a listing of their qualifications as summarized by the PGA Tour in its news release:

Bradley – Entered 29 events during the 2011 season featuring playoff victories at the HP Byron Nelson Championship and the PGA Championship. Four top-10 finishes. Ranked 20th on the final FedEx Cup points list and 13th on the money list with $3,758,600.

Chris Kirk – Entered 28 events with a victory at the Viking Classic. Four top-10 finishes. Ranked 42nd on the final FedEx Cup points list and 45th on the money list with $1,877,627.

Charl Schwartzel – Entered 16 events with a victory at the Masters, closing with four birdies. Four top-10 finishes. Ranked 32nd on the final FedEx Cup points list and 24th on the money list with $2,604,558.

Scott Stallings – Entered 29 events with a victory at the Greenbrier Classic. Two top-10 finishes. Ranked 57th on the final FedEx Cup points list and 41st on the money list with $1,957,162.

Brendan Steele – Entered 27 events with a victory at the Valero Texas Open. Three top-10 finishes. Ranked 52nd on the final FedEx Cup points list and 38th on the money list with $1,976,310.

Jhonattan Vegas – Entered 26 events with a playoff victory at the Bob Hope Classic. Four top-10 finishes. Ranked 54th on the final FedEx Cup points list and 46th on the money list with $1,854,414.

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