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Golf Australia Express : Issue 7
HE COULDN’T, could he? Not after triple bogeying the 15th. Not after falling five shots off the pace with three holes to play. And not after doing almost exactly the same thing last week at the Bridgestone Invitational, imploding with a final- round back nine 41 that sent him plummeting into leaderboard oblivion. But he did. And now first- time major competitor Keegan Bradley is a first- time major winner. How did he do it? In an hour of the most extreme drama, first came the collapse. If someone told you they’d seen a golfer chip all the way from one side of a green to the other and into a water hazard, you’d assume they’d spied an unfortunate hacker having a bad one at their local. Certainly not a pro playing in front of a TV audience of millions at a major championship. Bradley’s resultant triple bogey saw him drop back to six-under—five strokes and a mental canyon away from leader Jason Dufner, who had just birdied 12 and 13 behind him. But the rookie kept the faith, and ensured he at least had a fighting chance by pulling MAJOR ROOKIE back a couple with birdies at 16 and 17. You have to feel for Dufner. Pars would have been enough. But he, too, found the drink at the 15th, and while he salvaged a bogey to steady himself, he lost his bundle at the next two holes, bogeying both. Five shots. Gone. While Dufner was still in the three-hole playoff, it was a defeated man that walked to the 16th. When Bradley birdied it and Dufner bogeyed the next, it was game over. Bradley will be coming to terms with the events in Atlanta for some time yet. “It feels unbelievable,” Bradley said after his Atlanta Athletic Club win. “It seems like a dream and I’m afraid I’m going to wake up here in the next five minutes and it’s not going to be real.” For a short while Australian Adam Scott was still in the hunt for his second straight tournament win, but despite playing his best round on Sunday, he failed to make any real headway and finished in seventh place at four-under—four strokes off the pace. Playing partner and fellow Aussie John Senden faired worse, undoing his good work before the weekend with a pair of two-over 72s to fall back to 19th. And Tiger Woods? No weekend action for those finishing Friday at 10-over we’re afraid. OTG “IT SEEMS LIKE A DREAM AND I’M AFRAID I’M GOING TO WAKE UP HERE IN THE NEXT FIVE MINUTES AND IT’S NOT GOING TO BE REAL.” — Newest major winner, PGA Tour rookie Keegan Bradley WHAT JUST HAPPENED ON THE PGA TOUR FINAL STANDINGS 1 KEEGAN BRADLEY USA -8 $ 1,445,000 2 JASON DUFFNER USA -8 $ 865,000 3 ANDERS HANSEN DEN -7 $545,000 T4 ROBERT KARLSSON SWE -5 $331,000 T4 DAVID TOMS USA -5 $331,000 T4 SCOTT VERPLANK USA -5 $331,000 7 ADAM SCOTT AUS -4 $259,000 T8 LEE WESTWOOD ENG -3 $224,500 T8 LUKE DONALD ENG -3 $224,500 T10 KEVIN NA USA -2 $188,000 T10 D.A.POINTS USA -2 $188,000 WRAP THE