Aug. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Jason Dufner leads Keegan Bradley by two shots in the final round at the U.S. PGA Championship, where the host nation is seeking to end its longest run without a major golf title.
Dufner, who’s winless on the U.S. PGA Tour, is 11-under par with five holes to play in the season’s final major tournament. Bradley, appearing in his first major, is 9-under after an eagle on the par-5 12th hole at Atlanta Athletic Club.
Robert Karlsson, who’s seeking to become the first Swede to win one of the sport’s Grand Slam titles, is 8-under, one shot better than Anders Hansen, who’s trying to become Denmark’s only major title winner.
David Toms, who won the 2001 PGA Championship at the same course in Johns Creek, Georgia, is tied with Scott Verplank at 6-under. Fellow American Brendan Steele is 5-under par.
Toms is the only player among the top 12 on the leaderboard to have won one of the sport’s four Grand Slam titles. Golf has had six consecutive first-time major winners dating back to Graeme McDowell’s victory at the 2010 U.S. Open. Phil Mickelson won his third Masters Tournament title in April of last year, the last American to claim a major.
England’s Luke Donald and Lee Westwood, the top two players in the Official World Golf Ranking, finished 3-under par. Mickelson shot even-par over 72 holes.
Mike Small, the lone PGA club professional to make the cut for weekend play, finished 12-over par for the tournament, ahead of former PGA Championship winners Davis Love III and Shaun Micheel. Rory McIlroy, the U.S. Open winner and pre-tournament favorite, finished 11-over after straining a tendon in his wrist during the opening round.
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