Keegan Bradley wins PGA major in 1st try

Keegan Bradley waves to the gallery on the first playoff hole as Jason Dufner lines up a putt during the final round of the 93rd PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club on August 14, 2011, in Johns Creek, Georgia. Getty Images

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. - Keegan Bradley has won the PGA Championship with an amazing comeback in regulation, then a three-hole playoff win over Jason Dufner at Atlanta Athletic Club.

Bradley went to the 16th hole Sunday down by five strokes, but he made two straight birdies and Dufner bogeyed three holes in a row to leave them tied at 8-under 272.

In the playoff, Bradley made a 4-foot birdie at the 16th hole to gain the upper hand. Dufner nearly holed out from the fairway, but missed a 6-foot birdie try.

Bradley was in command by two shots when Dufner three-putted the 17th for a bogey. Dufner made birdie at the tough finishing hole but it wasn't enough. Bradley tapped in from a foot away to claim the Wanamaker Trophy by a single stroke.

The 25-year-old became the first American since Phil Mickelson at the 2010 Masters to win a major championship, the longest such run for the country in the history of the game, ESPN reports.

Not only that, but Bradley became only the third player since 1913 to win in his first ever appearance in a major - following in the footsteps of that year's U.S. Open winner, Francis Ouimet, and Ben Curtis, who claimed the 2003 Open Championship at Royal St George's, according to ESPN.

List of PGA Championship winners:

2011 - Keegan Bradley

2010 - Martin Kaymer

2009 - Y.E. Yang

2008 - Padraig Harrington

2007 - Tiger Woods

2006 - Tiger Woods

2005 - Phil Mickelson

2004 - Vijay Singh

2003 - Shaun Micheel

2002 - Rich Beem

2001 - David Toms

2000 - Tiger Woods

1999 - Tiger Woods

1998 - Vijay Singh

1997 - Davis Love III

1996 - Mark Brooks

1995 - Steve Elkington

1994 - Nick Price

1993 - Paul Azinger

1992 - Nick Price

1991 - John Daly

1990 - Wayne Grady

1989 - Payne Stewart

1988 - Jeff Sluman

1987 - Larry Nelson

1986 - Bob Tway

1985 - Hubert Green

1984 - Lee Trevino

1983 - Hal Sutton

1982 - Raymond Floyd

1981 - Larry Nelson

1980 - Jack Nicklaus

1979 - David Graham

1978 - John Mahaffey

1977 - Lanny Wadkins

1976 - Dave Stockton

1975 - Jack Nicklaus

1974 - Lee Trevino

1973 - Jack Nicklaus

1972 - Gary Player

1971 - Jack Nicklaus

1970 - Dave Stockton

1969 - Ray Floyd

1968 - Julius Boros

1967 - Don January

1966 - Al Geiberger

1965 - Dave Marr

1964 - Bobby Nichols

1963 - Jack Nicklaus

1962 - Gary Player

1961 - Jerry Barber

1960 - Jay Hebert

1959 - Bob Rosburg

1958 - Dow Finsterwald

1957 - Lionel Hebert

1956 - Jack Burke

1955 - Doug Ford

1954 - Chick Harbert

1953 - Walter Burkemo

1952 - Jim Turnesa

1951 - Sam Snead

1950 - Chandler Harper

1949 - Sam Snead

1948 - Ben Hogan

1947 - Jim Ferrier

1946 - Ben Hogan

1945 - Byron Nelson

1944 - Bob Hamilton

1943 - No championship played, WWII

1942 - Sam Snead

1941 - Vic Ghezzi

1940 - Byron Nelson

1939 - Henry Picard

1938 - Paul Runyan

1937 - Denny Shute

1936 - Denny Shute

1935 - Johnny Revolta

1934 - Paul Runyan

1933 - Gene Sarazen

1932 - Olin Dutra

1931 - Tom Creavy

1930 - Tommy Armour

1929 - Leo Diegel

1928 - Leo Diegel

1927 - Walter Hagen

1926 - Walter Hagen

1925 - Walter Hagen

1924 - Walter Hagen

1923 - Gene Sarazen

1922 - Gene Sarazen

1921 - Walter Hagen

1920 - Jock Hutchison

1919 - James M. Barnes

1917-18 - No championship played, WWI

1916 - James M. Barnes

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