In 2011, Dufner was in the driver seat late Sunday at the PGA Championship. His lead was so large, he nearly grasped the Wanamaker at Atlanta Athletic Club. But, a rocky finish placed Dufner in a playoff, which he eventually lost. That playoff loss seemed to have fueled Dufner throughout the 2012 Season, accumulating two wins and laying down a stellar Ryder Cup performance; however, the major that he let slip away in 2011 still alluded him.
Two years removed from a major heartbreak, Dufner was poised again to take home the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, NY. Beginning the day one stroke off the 54 hole lead, thanks to a second round course record setting 63, Dufner came out on Sunday striping down the narrow tree lined corridors Oak Hill calls fairways and knocking down flags on the small historic greens.
Consecutive birdies on four and five from kick-in range gave Dufner the outright lead. In typical Dufner-fashion, sauntering around the course showing little emotion, Dufner made the turn in 32 strokes. He was, again, in control late at the PGA Championship. Continuing to play smart, solid golf, Dufner made another birdie from tap-in range at the par four 16th hole to keep his lead at two strokes. Dufner kept his lead at two over the final two holes to close out the PGA Championship as a major winner.
"I decided I was going to be confident and put my best foot forward and play aggressive and try to win this thing," Dufner said in his usual casual manner. "I wasn't going to play scared or soft. It's a big step for my career."
This is the third win of Jason's career and first of the 2013 season.
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Congrats Jason! What a week. Some of the best golf we've seen all year.
Congratulations are in order for this win. Talk about overcoming the jitters he had 2 years ago that cost him the win, today he was totally in control. His shots were something to admire. And he also joins a list of golfers that shot a 63. That makes him pretty special in this world of golf.
Again Congratulations Jason on a great win.
I'm really glad he pulled this one out...I've come to like his demeanor on the course and his overall performance week in and week out...also glad he went back to his XPS-1's for today's final round...
Another great win for a FJ guy. Great write up on Duff by Dev. Really like the XPSs they are my choice for stability when I play along w the FJ PT limited.
congrats duf! great win and way to go and get it.
Unflappable and smooth. Great milestone for Duff. Congratulations.
Steady Smart golf.
Great performance on a tough course. I am still trying to understand the pre swing routine....it seems to work as a trigger to start the swing, and a precursor of the hand action for the release. Any thoughts?
Great Win !
Total control through the entire tournament.
Solid performance for a player we can all relate with. Congrats, Jason Dufner
Nice!! Staying in the zone under tremendous pressure..Stubborn determination always wins the day..
Epic..... Steady n Stoic!
Great win Duf!!