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Vermont Native Bradley Wins PGA

Posted by:  Chip Poli
2011-08-15 08:32:23

New England native Keegan Bradley overcame a 5 shot deficit with 4 holes to play and wins the PGA Championship, the final major of the 2011 professional golf season. Bradley's prowess on the putting greens was a huge impact in the win.

Bradley is a native of Woodstock, Vermont where his dad was a golf pro. Bradley's aunt is a notable New England based athlete as well. Pat Bradley was a force on the LPGA Tour for 21 years. She won 31 LPGA Tour Events including the US Women's Open in 1981 and the LPGA Championship in 1986. Pat Bradley was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1991. Pat spends her summers on Cape Cod and is a native of Westford, MA.

Southern Discomfort

Jason Dufner appeared to have a very comfortable 5 shot lead as he teed it up on 15 yesterday at Atlanta Athletic Club. The incredibly difficult final 4 holes at AAC have been dubbed "Southern Discomfort" and Dufner made it very clear where this name came from.

Bradley and Dufner had been neck and neck all day and the PGA appeared to be cleanly in the Dufner bag after Keegan's triple bogey 6 on 15. However, when Dufner got to 15 he dropped a 5 wood in the water short and right. On 16 he put it short right in the bunker and made bogey, on 17 he blew a very nervous put about 8 feet by and missed the comebacker, another bogey.

Meanwhile, Bradley was taming the Southern Discomfort stretch, coming back from that triple bogey on 15 and making consecutive birdies on 16 and 17, including a very long birdie putt on 17. For the second year in a row, a playoff ensued.

In the playoff, Bradley followed up on his great play and proficiency with his long putter, and Dufner continued to fall apart.

After the win, aunt Pat was ringing the ceremonial bell on the Golf Channel from her summer home on the Cape. Pat's mother used to ring a bell in her home town Westford, MA after each of Pat's wins.

Congratulations Keegan Bradley! Keep that bell ringing!

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