American golf’s oh-for-6 streak in Majors has finally been snapped at the 2011 PGA Championship. But who would have thought the streak would end in a playoff between a PGA Tour rookie playing in his first major championship and a Tour journeyman who had missed the cut in his last four starts? Thus was the drama that played out among the lengthening shadows at the Atlanta Athletic Club between Keegan Bradley (rookie) and Jason Dufner (cut misser). Ultimately, it was the rookie Bradley who prevailed in the three-hole aggregate playoff format favored by the PGA. It was looking like Dufner would win a snoozer when he had a commanding lead with five holes to play. But then he played the last three holes in three over par, opening the door for Bradley, who played the last three holes in minus 2.
No one is going to assume Keegan Bradley is the new face of American golf a la Fowler, Watson or Johnson. But at least Americans can go into the winter knowing they’re off the schneid.