Keegan Bradley felt like “a dream” after beating Jason Dufner, colleague American in a play-off at the US PGA to win his first major.
Bradley won by one shot in a three-hole shoot-out after the pair tied at eight under in Atlanta.
Bradley had triple-bogeyed the 15th to give Dufner a five-shot lead but kept his nerve as his rival faltered.
Bradley said, “It feels unbelievable, I can’t believe this trophy is sitting next to me.”
“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.”
In a PGA Championship filled with unknown names at the top of the leader board, Bradley brought a memorable end.
The rookie was five shots behind with only three holes to play after his chip raced across the 15th green and into the water, leading to a triple bogey, but he declined to allow it throw him off his game.
Bradley said, “I just kept telling myself, ‘Don’t let that whole define this whole tournament.”
He continued to create back-to-back birdies, counting a 35-footer that rattled into the cup on the 17th, while leader Dufner observed his game fall apart.
He strike his tee shot into the water on the 15th for the first of three direct bogeys that led to the three-hole play-off unflustered the entire afternoon.
Bradley birdied the 16th hole in the play-off to get the absolute guide and went on to win by one shot.
He is merely the third player to win a major on his first try and his success breaks the United States’ highest dearth at major championships, which had reached six since success of Phil Mickelson at the 2010 Masters.
Bradley said, “I don’t want to be one of the guys that kind of disappear,” said Bradley.
“I would love to be up in a category with the best players and be mentioned with Phil Mickelson, one of my idols. I hope I don’t disappear. I don’t plan to.”
Bradley, LPGA’s nephew great Pat Bradley, went into the tournament ranked 108th in the world but his win lifts him to 29th in the positions.