Keegan Bradley (Stan Badz, PGA Tour)
The quality of golf for the last hour of the PGA Championship one could say was below par.
Jason Dufner had a five stroke lead heading to the fifteenth hole before disaster struck. The 34 year-old Cleveland native bogeyed the fifteenth, sixteenth and seventeenth holes, needing a playoff to win his first golf tournament on the PGA Tour. Dufner actually got his score into double digits at -11 before his tee shot went directly into the water on the fifteenth hole.
In his way was Woodstock, Vermont’s Keegan Bradley, who didn’t particularly play outstanding golf on Sunday either. Bradley, the nephew of LPGA Hall of Famer Pat Bradley, triple bogeyed the fifteenth himself, before getting birdies on the sixteenth and seventeenth to force Dufner into a par putt and playoff.
In the three-hole aggregate playoff, Bradley birdied the sixteenth, while Dufner birdied the eighteenth, but bogeyed the seventeenth, allowing Bradley to win by one.
This was Bradley’s second career win, as he defeated Ryan Palmer in a playoff at the Byron Nelson Classic in Texas in May. Bradley also becomes the first American since Phil Mickelson at the 2010 Masters to win a major. Non-Americans had won six straight events.
I’m wondering if all of the waggling Dufner does before hitting from the tee helps or hurts him. I’ve never seen one waggle so often on the PGA Tour before. Sadly, Dufner will now be compared to France’s Jean Van de Velde, who blew a three stroke lead on the 18th hole at the 1999 British Open before losing to England’s Paul Lawrie in a playoff.