Finally, it happened. An American golfer captured a major title after a six-major winless streak for the USA. After Phil Mickelson’s victory at the Masters 2010, six major titles were captured by South Africans, Northern Irishmen, and Germans.
Keegan Bradley, a 25-year-old undistinguished golfer based in Vermont, won the PGA Championship this Sunday. After a horrendous triple bogey on the 15th hole at the tournament, he overcame a five-shot deficit to beat Jason Dufner just when everybody thought that he has no chance of winning the tournament.
Instead, he made a marvelous comeback, holing a 35-footer on the 17th. Plus, his main rival Jason Dufner also helped by making three straight bogeys on the 15th and sending the tournament into a playoff. Bradley holed out a shot to birdie the 16th in the three-hole playoff – and played the remaining holes with admirable steadiness.
Bradley who comes from a family of golf professionals became one of three players in 100 years to win a major tournament at the first attempt. He also became the first golfer to capture a major title using a long putter.
Hopefully, Bradley, ranked at No. 108th in the world standings before the tournament, will give the United States the confidence boost that will motivate Americans to get more major titles.
And for now, Bradley’s mentor Phil Mickelson, father, professional golfer and aunt, six-time LPGA major winner, can be proud of him.