Keegan Bradley won the PGA Championship after staging an amazing comeback to force a three-hole and beat Jason Dufner at Atlanta Athletic Club.
Bradley trailed by five strokes after making a triple bogey on the 15th hole and Jason Dufner appeared to have the title wrapped up, but Bradley rallied and Dufner collapsed.
The leader put his tee shot in the water at 15, setting up the first of three straight bogeys. Bradley made birdies at 16 and 17, going to the final hole suddenly tied for the lead.
Both players made par on the 72nd hole, but Bradley won the three-hole playoff by a single stroke. He tapped in for par at the 18th hole and lifted the Wanamaker Trophy.
In the playoff, Bradley made a 4-foot birdie at the 16th hole to gain the upper hand. Dufner nearly holed out from the fairway with his approach, then missed a 6-foot birdie try.
Bradley was in command when Dufner three-putted the 17th for a bogey, going to the final hole with a two-stroke edge. Dufner rolled in a 20-footer for birdie but it didn’t matter. Bradley two-putted from 18 feet for the win, tapping into the final hole from about a foot away.
The players were tied at 8-under 272 at the end of regulation.
The 25-year-old Bradley, the nephew of LPGA Hall of Fame member Pat Bradley, won the PGA in his very first appearance at a major championship. Dufner was denied his first tour win.
Going to the playoff, the U.S. was assured of breaking its longest drought the modern era, having gone six straight majors without winning since Phil Mickelson captured the 2010 Masters.
Anders Hansen of Denmark closed with a 4-under 66, but finished one stroke out of the playoff at 273. Robert Karlsson of Sweden, David Toms and Scott Verplank tied for fourth at 275.
Steve Friesen won the Price Cutter Charity Championship on Sunday for his first Nationwide Tour title, birdieing the final three holes for an 8-under 64 and a five-stroke victory.
Frisen, the 34-year-old former Nebraska player making only his second tour start of the year, finished at 26-under 262 on the Highland Springs course. He opened with rounds of 62, 68 and 68.
He earned $112,500 to move to No. 23 on the money list. The final top 25 will earn 2012 PGA Tour cards.
Gavin Coles (66) was second, and Paul Claxton (66), Cliff Kresge (67), Ted Potter Jr. (67) and Josh Broadaway (69) tied for third at 20 under.
KANG DEFENDS U.S. WOMENS AMATEUR
Danielle Kang became the first player in 15 years to successfully defend the U.S. Women’s Amateur title, beating Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn 6 and 5 on Sunday in the 36-hole final in rainy and windy conditions at Rhode Island Country Club.
Kang, the 18-year-old from Westlake Village, California, had a 4-up lead after 18 holes and finished off Jutanugarn with a par on the par-4 13th.
Kang, who plans to turn pro, won last year at Charlotte Country Club in North Carolina. Kelli Kuehne was the last player to win two straight years, accomplishing the feat in 1995-96.
The 17-year-old Jutanugarn was the low amateur last month in the U.S. Women’s Open.
Her 15-year-old sister, Ariya, her caddie, won the U.S. Girls’ Junior two weeks ago. They were trying to become the first family members to claim two USGA titles in the same year.
IN OTHER NEWSSun-Ju Ahn solidified her position atop the JLPGA money list today with a playoff win over 1st- and 2nd-round leader Akiko Fukushima in the NEC Karuizawa 72. Ahn fired a bogey-free 66 in which she caught the 4-time champion in Nagano at -13 after 10 holes, then matched her birdie for birdie down the stretch as each golfer finished at -16.
Rory McIlroy is ready for a break.
The U.S. Open champion, taped right wrist and all, shot a 4-over 74 at the PGA Championship on Saturday. McIlroy got off to an awful start with a double-bogey on the first hole and a bogey on the third. He rallied with three birdies coming in but was 12 shots from the top before second-round co-leaders Jason Dufner and Keegan Bradley had teed off.
McIlroy said the wrist he injured Thursday when trying to hit a ball that was up against a tree root has improved each day.
He acknowledged once again that he hadn’t used good judgment in trying to advance the ball forward on the third hole Thursday instead of pitching out sideways into the fairway
McIlroy is packing up the clubs for a couple of weeks before his scheduled return at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland starting Sept. 1.
You won't see Tiger Woods on the PGA Tour for the rest of this year. Woods missed the cut Friday at the PGA Championship, the first time he's missed a cut in 14 appearances in this major championship.
And that means he will not qualify for the Tour's FedEx Cup playoff series.
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