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Dufner managed to par the last hole for a 69 and join Bradley in a playoff. On the first extra hole, the 16th, Dufner nearly holed out from the fairway, only to miss his birdie attempt from 6 feet as Bradley made birdie. Dufner bogeyed the next hole, and by then it was too late to recover from his final-hour meltdown.
Bradley became the third player in 100 years to win a major in his first try.
1. “IT’S ONLY A GAME, RIGHT?”
Mike Reid thought he had learned his lesson. Earlier that year at the Masters, he was leading through 14 holes until he three-putted for bogey and hit into the water on the 16th for a double bogey, finishing three shots behind.
The 1989 PGA Championship closed out the major season at Kemper Lakes, and Reid was prepared for atonement. He opened with a 66 to share the lead, took it outright with a 67 in the second round and the straight-driver known as “Radar” remained in control throughout the final round.
Until the end, when it all looked so familiar.
Payne Stewart, dressed in Chicago Bears colors through an NFL apparel deal, closed with a 67 well ahead of Reid. It looked as if he would be the runner-up in a major for the second time until Reid, who had a three-shot lead with three holes to play, fell apart.
He hit into the water on the 16th and had to salvage a bogey. Then, he flubbed a chip on the 17th and three-putted _ the second putt from only 2 feet _ for a double bogey to fall into a tie. Reid regained his composure long enough to rifle his approach into 4 feet on the final hole, where a birdie would have forced a playoff. He missed, shot 74 and finished one shot behind.
A gentle man, Reid never looked more human than when facing reporters when he tried to find perspective as tears welled in his eyes.
“It’s only a game, right?” he said.
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