With only four holes left in the 2011 PGA Championship, Jason Dufner looked well on his way to winning his first major. Then he bogeyed 15. And 16. And 17. And all of a sudden he found himself in a three-hole playoff with Keegan Bradley. It was Bradley who emerged victorious in the 93rd PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club.
For Dufner, the meltdown is among the most swift and agonizing in major championship history. However, Dufner said afterward that he doesn't expect this to become the defining moment of his career:
"Maybe looking back 10, 15 years from now, I'll feel disappointment that I let this one get away if I never get another chance. I've got a feeling that I'm going to have some chances in some majors and some other golf tournaments to close one out."
“Coming from where I came from, to be in this position, it’s a dream come true,” Dufner said. "I could have never imagined playing in major championships. I’m not going to let this define my career.”
Fair enough and one thinks he's right about that. However, it's hard to believe the way this one got away from him doesn't sting.