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Keegan Bradley captures PGA Championship title in playoff

by Derrick Johnson on August 15, 2011

Keegan Bradley seemed all but defeated Sunday afternoon after making a triple bogey on the 16th hole at the PGA Championship. The mistake left him five strokes behind leader Jason Dufner, but after he birdied two of the final three holes and Dufner bogeyed three in a row, he found himself in one of the most memorable majors in recent history.

Dufner managed to stave off his collapse completely when he parred the 18th hole to force a playoff, but Bradley birdied the first playoff hole en route to winning his first major victory – in his first major appearance.

"It feels unbelievable," Bradley told the Associated Press. "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."

Bradley's win was significant for a number of reasons. Among them, it ended a winless streak in majors for Americans dating back to last year's Masters – which was won by Phil Mickelson. He also became just the third player in 100 years to win a major in his first attempt. It also marks the seventh straight major won by a player who had never done so before.

As for Dufner, his collapse down the stretch is reminiscent of several others in major history including Jean Van de Velde's 1999 British Open loss and Ed Sneeds bogey streak at the 1979 Masters. The loss leaves Dufner still winless in 148 career starts on the PGA Tour.

"I'm so new at this situation, I don't know if I appreciate it as much as I will – soon," Dufner told the news source. "I might look back in 10 or 15 years and be disappointed if I never get another chance."

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