Keegan Bradley is golf’s newest major champion and how he did it last night ranks right up there with Paul Lawrie beating Jean Van de Velde in 1999 for extraordinary finishes.
For all the world it looked as if fellow American Jason Dufner was going to win the USPGA title at Atlanta Athletic Club.
He stood on the 15th tee five strokes clear of the man who would become champion, after Bradley’s triple bogey there moments before.
But Dufner bogeyed the next three holes, Bradley birdied the 16th and 17th and in the three-hole play-off the 25-year-old, with a birdie and two pars, took the trophy by one, with Dufner going par-bogey-birdie.
The nephew of Pat Bradley, winner of six majors in the women’s game, stands alongside 2003 Open champion Ben Curtis in a group of two, the only players to win a men’s major at the very first try since 1913.
“It feels unbelievable,” Bradley said. “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.”
Dane Anders Hansen finished one shot back in third place on seven under par, while Swede Robert Karlsson bogeyed the last three holes to slip to joint fourth three shots back. Luke Donald and Lee Westwood were joint eighth.