US PGA: Bradley Dredge set for first major in six years

Jamie Donaldson and Bradley Dredge
Jamie Donaldson (left) and Bradley Dredge (right) will both play in the USPGA Championship
US PGA Championship
Venue: Baltusrol Golf Club, New Jersey Date: 28-31 July
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Wales' Bradley Dredge will play in his first major for more than six years at the US PGA Championship on Thursday.

The 43-year-old will be first to tee-off at Baltusrol after climbing back into the world's top 100 four years after losing his European Tour card.

Dredge dropped as low as 888 in the world in 2013, but three top 10 finishes this season have seen him qualify for the last major of the year.

Fellow Welshman Jamie Donaldson is also in action in New Jersey.

Dredge will tee-off at 12:00 BST on Thursday alongside American pair Mark Brown and Patton Kizzire while Keegan Bradley and Australia's Adam Scott will partner Donaldson, who tees off at 13:20 BST.

Dredge last played at a major tournament at the 2010 Open at St Andrews where he finished a major best tied 27th.

Injury and illness saw the two-time European Tour winner slip to 888 in the rankings in 2013 and lose his European Tour card but he has battled back since and is now up to 99 in the world having won £291,000 in 2016.

Donaldson, meanwhile, is down to his lowest world ranking for five years as the 2014 European Ryder Cup winner is ranked 80 after just one top 10 finish in 2016 in Dubai.

The 40-year-old has won £280,000 on the European Tour this season and is 23rd in the 2016 Ryder Cup selection world points list - but Donaldson returns to the US PGA Championship this week where he enjoyed his best major finish, 7th at Kiawah Island in 2012.

"My year hasn't been great," admitted Donaldson.

"It started well with a win in Thailand then not been great since, with one top 10, which by my high standards is pretty lacklustre.

"But you suddenly have a good week this week and it can set you up for the rest of the season."

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