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Bradley's PGA victory moves him to world no. 29
August 15, 2011

Major debutant and PGA Tour rookie Keegan Bradley won the US PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club after overcoming fellow American Jason Dufner in a three-hole playoff. The 25-year-old shot one under par in the play-off to triumph over his opponent, who had lead for much of the fourth round until coming unstuck over the final stretch, where he lost a five shot lead with three holes to play, thanks to three bogeys of his own and two birdies from Bradley.

Both had been peppering the pins all day, and when they took dead aim on the first play-off hole they looked likely to share birdie threes. However, only Bradley would take his opportunity, and with a three putt bogey from Dufner at 17, not even the fourth birdie of the day on 18 was enough as Bradley parred for the win and his maiden Major victory. In his rookie season this was Keegan Bradley's second victory on the PGA Tour, following the Byron Nelson Championship in May, and brings to seven the number of consecutive first time major Championship winners, the longest such streak in history.

Bradley becomes the eighth player to win the PGA at his first attempt, as well as only the third player in over 100 years to win the first major championship he played in (the last was Ben Curtis in the 2003 Open Championship). He is also the first major champion to use the long putter - in his case a mid-length.

Keegan climbs to World Number 29 in the Official World Golf Ranking, a jump of 79 places, while Dufner rises 42 places into 38th. Steve Stricker, who tied for 12th, moves up two places to world no. 3, and Adam Scott, who finished 7th, also moves up two to no. 7. Tiger Woods' missed cut drops him further to 33rd.


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