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Bradley Gives Much-Needed Boost to Aus Open

Keegan Bradley has added his name to an impressive group of Americans competing at next month's Australian Open. (Photo: Asian Tour)
It looks like this year's Australian Open field will lack the star power of recent years but the American presence for next month's event has been bolstered by the inclusion of major winner Keegan Bradley.

The popular 32-year-old, the 2011 US PGA Championship winner and four times a winner on the US PGA Tour, has confirmed he will play at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney from 15-18 November.

"I've heard a lot about the Aussie Open and all the historic names on the Stonehaven Cup. I can't wait to have a shot at putting my name on it," the dual Ryder Cup player said.

"And to come to Sydney at that time of year is something I'm also really looking forward to, it's a big bucket list thing for me to tick off."

Bradley roared back to his best this season with a win in the BMW Championship, the third leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs taking him back to No.31 in the world.

Joining Bradley in making their Open debuts are two more genuine contenders for the 103rd staging of the Open, three-time PGA Tour winner Brendan Steele and rising Mexican star Abraham Ancer.

Steele, 35, has won in each of the past two PGA Tour seasons, both times at the Safeway Open on top of his Valero Texas Open victory in 2011.

Ancer, 27, was twice in the top five on this year's PGA Tour and came within minutes of a huge breakthrough win in the FedEx Cup playoffs, leading until the closing holes of the Dell Technologies Championship in Boston last month.

The trio joins American stars Matt Kuchar and Brandt Snedeker as confirmed starters at The Lakes.

Golf Australia chief executive Stephen Pitt was delighted to welcome all three newcomers to the race for the Stonehaven Cup.

"Everyone knows how entertaining and effervescent Keegan is around the crowds and we're really thrilled that he, Brendan and Abraham will be in Sydney for the first time," Pitt said.

"With the other Americans and hopefully a host of our emerging young talent, the field is really starting to build nicely.

"The Open is always a great sporting and social week and I encourage people to book their tickets early to ensure they won’t miss the action."

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