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US Rookie wins PGA Championship

Keegan Bradley was successful beyond his wildest dreams in his first ever appearance a major, winning the P.G.A Championship on Sunday at the Atlanta Athletic Club.

Bradley from Woodstock, Vermont won the three-hole aggregate playoff by one stroke, after hauling back a four-shot deficit to take the match past regulation play and defeating 11-year tour veteran Jason Dufner.

I can’t believe it,” said the ecstatic 25-year-old. “My dad, Mark Bradley, is a P.G.A. professional who’s very proud of his status, and I know this will be a special one for him.”

A triple bogey on the 15th where, like so many others, Bradley was unable to avoid the water hazard, had looked to put him out of the running but he came roaring back with consecutive birdies and a par 18th to complete an outstanding come back.

“I had kind of a horrifying back side,” Bradley said.

“I completely lost it.  I did a lot of work with Dr. Bob Rotella and Jim McLean, and also Phil Mickelson and Camilo Villegas have been a huge help to me since then. I was able to put that behind me and it definitely crossed my mind, here we go again.  I was able to come back and I felt great.”

Dufner, 34, was unable to do the same after making his own bogey on the 15th, which proved equally troubling to the Cleveland-native.

Two more came straight after and a lead that had looked unassailable became one that was shared and ultimately his undoing.

As well as his eight-under 272 total, Bradley walks away with a jump in 74 places in the world rankings moving up to 29th and a check for $1.455 million.

He also ends an unwelcome drought for American golfers becoming the first state-side player since Mickelson at the 2010 Masters to win a major championship.

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