(Photo: keeganbradley.com)

(Photo: keeganbradley.com)

Keegan Bradley got off to a sizzling start Sunday in his final round of the PGA Championship, but two late bogeys at Oak Hill Country Club doomed his chances of hoisting a second Wanamaker Trophy.

Bradley, the 2011 PGA champ who earned the first major in which he contended with a playoff win over this year’s winner and good friend, Jason Dufner, looked as if he might become the second player this week to hang a record-tying low number on the scoreboard when he made three birdies in his first four holes on Sunday. A subsequent three consecutive birds on holes 11 through 13 had observers wondering if the New Englander would match Dufner’s second-round 63, which was the 26th time a player posted that score in a major.

Unfortunately, Bradley, who began Sunday’s finale at 3-over, carded two bogeys coming in, on the 14th and 18th. He finished at 1-under for the tourney — nine shots back of Dufner, who outlasted Jim Furyk by two shots. The Vermont native was among the well-wishers at the finish line Sunday night to welcome his good buddy into the major champions’ winners’ club.

 

Emily Kay is a regular contributor to New England Golf Monthly. You may follow Kay on Twitter @golfexaminer