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Feel free to point out Jason Dufner's collapse all you want, but Keegan Bradley was brilliant over the final three holes and again in the playoff.
After making a triple-bogey on the 15th hole, Bradley's chances appeared done. But he came back with a birdie on 16 and 17 to apply pressure to Dufner. Additionally, Bradley's birdie putt on 17 will be remembered for a very long time.
When the playoff was underway, Bradley found himself quickly on the defensive when Dufner nearly holed his second shot on the opening hole. Bradley stepped up and hit a shot closer than Dufner's and with a much more desirable putt. When Dufner missed his putt, Bradley took advantage and made the birdie, opening a lead.
When Dufner three-putted the 17th green, Bradley had a two-shot lead and had to hit two more good shots to seal the tournament, which he did.
Bradley's performance is symbolic of what the young generation of golfers is doing. They play fearless golf and don't seem to worry about paying their dues.
Three of 2011's major champions are under 30. Louis Oosthuizen and Martin Kaymer won the final two majors of 2010; they're both under 30.
Bradley's performance may be more impressive than any, as this was the first time he ever played in a major.
A lot of attention has been focused on guys like Rickie Fowler and Dustin Johnson as the future of American golf. Both are good golfers with bright futures, but let's compare them to Bradley.
Fowler had a lot of great rounds and performances, but has never won a professional tournament.
Johnson has four wins, but has faltered down the stretch of three different majors that he could have won.
Bradley is between them in age, younger than Johnson but older than Fowler. In his rookie year, he now has one regular win and one major.
We may have seen a glimpse into the future of American golf today.