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Keegan Bradley looked done after a late triple bogey on Sunday. But the resilient rookie immediately birdied the next two holes, caught Jason Dufner and won the 93rd PGA Championship in a three-hole playoff.
To the casual fan, the PGA Championship looked a bit like a Nationwide Tour stop for a while. Yet once the leaders got to the back nine on Sunday, Steve Eubanks says, it turned into one of the year's most exciting majors.
No doubt, Jason Dufner lamented giving up a back-nine lead Sunday and losing in a playoff. Looking at the big picture, he stressed, he's excited to play so well for so long, and to gain such experience in a major.
While Americans finished 1-2, Anders Hansen of Denmark and Robert Karlsson of Sweden were third and tied for fourth, respectively. Both leave Atlanta convinced they're good enough to win a major of their own.
Phil Mickelson had high hopes of winning his second PGA Championship all week, and felt he was still in contention heading to the back nine on Sunday. But, he lamented, he could never quite get into high gear.
Mike Small didn't have quite the finish he'd hoped for, but he certainly enjoyed another memorable week. For the second time since 2007, Small collected the crystal bowl as the best-performing PGA Professional.
After playing his first major championship this week, PGA Professional Sean Dougherty has some advice for amateurs. When playing courses with firm greens, he says, you've got to rethink the way you attack them.
Their finishes in Atlanta gave Keegan Bradley and Jason Dufner big boosts in the FedExCup standings. The future is a bit more complicated, however, for players such as Camilo Villegas and Ernie Els.
When he injured his right wrist on Thursday, many wondered if Rory McIlroy would be able to continue playing. But play on he did, and, as GOLF.com Jessica Marksbury reports, he left AAC with some positives.
PGA Tour rookie Keegan Bradley put an end to the U.S. drought in major championships with a stunning victory in the 93rd PGA Championship. That earned him the final spot in the 2011 PGA Grand Slam of Golf.