USA’s Zach Johnson, left, and Jason Dufner talk to Fred Couples on the practice green at the Ryder Cup PGA golf tournament Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill. (AP Photo by Charles Rex Arbogast)
Today’s SMH moment takes us to golf, to the final major of the year, the PGA Championship. No, today’s article does not concern Tiger Woods and his +10 performance, missing the cut. That’s old news. Nope, today’s lucky winner of our SMH moment is Jason Dufner, who had a lead going into the final round of the PGA Championship, and even held a whopping 5-stroke lead over eventual winner Keegan Bradley going into hole 15. Bradley was only 2 shots behind with 4 holes to play, but he would go on to triple bogey hole 15 to fall 5 shots behind. Bradley would then make back-to-back birdies on holes 16 and 17. When Dufner came around to the final stretch, he bogeyed holes 15, 16, and 17, and just like that, he found himself in a tie for the lead. Both players hit pars on hole 18 to finish at -8.
Then came the 3-hole playoff. Dufner was in hot water from the beginning, having pulled off one of the biggest collapses in recent memory. All of the momentum was with Bradley. Bradley was playing in his first ever major, but he hardly looked like a rookie during the playoff. Bradley would birdie the first 2 holes, while Dufner stumbled to back-to-back bogeys. By then, the damage was done, as Dufner’s final hole birdie was not enough to salvage his win. Dufner’s choke job was complete, and Bradley became the third player in the last 100 years to win a major on his first try.
Wow, talk about your epic fails. I don’t care who you are. How do you let a man come from 5 strokes down over his final 3 holes??? Props to Bradley, being a rookie and all, for pulling off a comeback for the ages. But that comeback is not possible if Dufner doesn’t bogey just about every crucial hole down the stretch. This is just unbelievable. With that kind of play, it’s no wonder that Dufner has no career victories in 148 starts. Equally disappointing though was how little attention this collapse received in real time. Did anyone actually watch the final round of the PGA Championship, knowing that Tiger was out and there was not a big name in sight atop the leader board? Extremely disappointing indeed. These are tough times for the PGA right now, and the golf world needs Tiger to regain his form. If you want to gauge just how many people are following golf right now, take a look at how many votes Keegan Bradley received for this week’s athlete of the week poll. That’ll tell you all you need to know about the current state of the PGA.