Winners and losers from a great PGA Championship week

The PGA Championship started off hot, stalled in the middle, and ended on fire. There were a ton of people that did well, some that did okay, and others that really tanked, so who are the true winners and losers from this whole thing? Read on ...


Keegan Bradley -- Talk about becoming a star overnight! Bradley did everything you need to do to become a household name and a guy people cheer for. He had charisma, he had obstacles to overcome, and he played some incredible golf down the stretch to win his first major championship and second PGA Tour event of the year. Forget Rookie of the Year for Keegan, this kid might just be the Player of the Year when it's all said and done.

Jason Dufner -- Before this week, you probably had never heard of the guy, but his play from the first hole on Saturday to the 15th on Sunday was incredibly calm, and even more important, steller, and even though he lost, he sure seemed to be classy about it. His birdie putt on the final playoff hole was the kind of thing he can pull from for years to come, and will be a big motivation the next time he's in the hunt for his first PGA Tour win.

Anders Hansen -- In a major championship that had a full list of no-names, Hansen might have been the guy that enjoyed it the most. The Dane's final round 66 left him a shot out of the playoff, but he played his heart out on the weekend and nearly got himself in a crazy playoff for an up-in-the air PGA Championship.

David Toms -- Heading back to the venue of his first, and only, major championship might have been nostalgic, but you would have never know that from the way Toms played. After two ho-hum rounds to start the week, Toms shot 65-67 on the weekend to give himself a chance at repeating at Atlanta Athletic Club, and even though he couldn't, it was fun to see him make the charge on the weekend once again.

Sergio Garcia -- Sure, he finished t-12, but this was a really huge bounce-back year for Sergio, and his play at the four majors was great, include two top-10s and a great week at the PGA Championship. Garcia was written off, but the guy will eventually win a major, and he showed at Atlanta Athletic Club that he can still play great golf without his best ball-striking week.


Tiger Woods -- The big loser this week, Tiger showed that he isn't ready to play competitive golf at the level that most of these PGA Tour stars are, and he needs to really get himself together before he tries it again. Tiger is programmed to win, but right now, he just can't do that, and his missed cut at the Atlanta Athletic Club showed just that.

Phil Mickelson -- It wasn't a bad week necessarily for Phil, but he had a chance to make some noise on the weekend and couldn't. Phil really needs to fix his short putting problem that seems to keep bitting him at the wrong times, including Sunday at the PGA.

Ryo Ishikawa -- A week ago, a lot of people thought the youngster had a chance to win this PGA Championship, but an opening 85 left him miles back of the cut line, which he eventually missed. Consistency is something you learn, and it seems Ryo has a lot of studying to do to get in touch with that skill.

Martin Kaymer -- The defending champion missed his second major cut of 2011, and showed that while he does have a ton of talent, he really doesn't know when it's going to show up.

The 18th -- If the Atlanta Athletic Club wants to really make itself a fun major venue, it needs to do something about the 18th hole. A par-5 by most standards, it isn't fun to watch guys like Mickelson hit 5-irons off the tee only to have a 4-iron in. The golf course is fair at times and tough others, but the 18th just seems ridiculous, and most players would agree with me.

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