Bradley defeats Dufner in PGA playoff
Tour rookie Keegan Bradley has won the 2011 PGA Championship in his first-ever major appearance following a three-hole playoff with Jason Dufner.
The 25-year-old Bradley staged a stunning comeback over the final nine holes to turn a five shot deficit in to the first major win of his career.
Following a triple bogey at the infamous par-3 15th hole, Bradley managed to regroup while Dufner collapsed under the pressure with three bogeys from the 15th through to the 17th holes.
Both players parred the 18th hole, but it was Bradley who won the three-hole playoff by a stroke.
Bradley was understandably excited by his first major win.
“Oh, it feels unbelievable. It seems like a dream and I’m afraid I’m going to wake up here in the next five minutes and it’s not going to be real. It’s an honor to be champion of the PGA. My father is a PGA member and it’s just great.”
“Ever since I was ten years old, I’ve kind of flown under the radar, I guess you could say. I’ve been having a good year, and that’s just the way it happens with me, which is fine. I’ve always wanted to be growing up – to win tournaments and win majors, which I can’t believe this (trophy) is sitting next to me. It’s an honor to be even thought of in that category.”
Bradley’s win also broke a long drought for the US, with Phil Mickelson’s 2010 Masters title the last time an American had won a major.
Denmark’s Anders Hansen finished with a 4-under 66 and missed the playoff by just one stroke. David Toms, Robert Karlsson and Scott Verplank tied for fourth place at 5-under.
Adam Scott was the best of the Aussies in outright 7th place at 4-under while John Senden faded away on the final day to finish at T19.