2012 U.S. Open Golf: Keegan Bradley's Round 4 Performance Will Impact Ryder Cup Qualifications

Vermont native Keegan Bradley hasn't had the greatest U.S. Open. He currently sits in 61st place at +11, but a solid Round 4 performance is still crucial. Bradley is currently on pace to qualify for the U.S. team in the 2012 Ryder Cup, and his performance on Sunday will likely have a direct impact on that.

Qualifying for the Ryder Cup is based on a points system, with points being assigned based on prize money in major championships and other official events. The top eight golfers in the standings are guaranteed spots on the team, and Bradley is currently in eighth place. Rickie Fowler and Steve Stricker are both close behind Bradley in the Ryder Cup standings and ahead of him on the U.S. Open leaderboard. If that's how things are at the end of Round 4, they would gain points on Bradley and possibly push him off the team. Bradley struggled in Round 3, posting a 75 after getting a 73 in both Rounds 1 and 2. He'll need his best performance of the week if he hopes to bolster his chances of playing in the 2012 Ryder Cup.

The full 2012 Ryder Cup standings can be found here, and a live leaderboard for the 2012 U.S. Open is available at USOpen.com.

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