Bradley wins play-off to claim US PGA title

ROOKIE Keegan Bradley claimed his first Major title with victory in the US PGA Championship last night after a dramatic play-off with fellow American Jason Dufner.

Bradley (right), 25, who only won his first PGA Tour title earlier this year, beat journeyman Dufner by one stroke in the three-hole play-off at Athletic Club in Atlanta, after both finished on eight under par.

Dufner, who has never won a title in 147 PGA Tour events, had a five-shot lead at the 15th but blew his advantage as Bradley gained momentum.

Denmark’s Anders Hansen could have been a third man in the play-off, had his birdie putt at the 18th dropped in, but took third after carding a 66 to finish seven under.

Veteran Scott Verplank, fellow American David Toms and Sweden’s Robert Karlsson – who got to within one shot of the lead after eagling the 12th but bogeyed his last three holes – were tied for fourth on five under.

English pair Luke Donald and Lee Westwood, ranked world No1 and No2, failed to mount a serious challenge for a first Major of their careers.

Donald crept to within three shots of the lead after playing his first 12 holes in four under par, but found the water on the 15th and bogeyed the last to finish three under par.

Westwood ended on the same score after a frustrating round in which he only dropped one shot but struggled to make his putts count.