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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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Great win Duff! Way to stay consistent throughout!
Great Tour Representative for Titleist. Always professional and no ridiculous profane outbursts. Class! Congratulations on a well deserved Major win.
Very exciting final round. The Duff hit some really clutch irons into those greens.
Congratulations Duff! Finally, a win for the average Joe/Jason! :)
It is a great story about a really likable guy we can all relate to. Duf is "every man" who works like a dog to have success, have a glitch like he did a couple of years ago, and yet he grinds his way to a successful outcome the next time he's in contention. This is an uplifting story in so many ways. Great job Duf, enjoy every minute of it and thanks for giving us regular guys something to encourage us with and shoot for.
Let's go "dufnering"! Congrats to Jason and Amanda...
Great show Duff. Congrats!
Amazing win by Jason: the best ball-striking I have seen in a final round of a major. It was a clinic.
Fantastic Win !!! The best pure ball striker in a long, long time. And modest - You show them DUFF!!!
Congrats Duf! What a great victory!
Cool as a cucumber all weekend! Congrats!
Congratulations Duff - now go home and plant some acorns so you can have an oak of your own. Don't forget to plant some on a hill. =)
Congrats Jason, outstanding performance, look forward in playing with you again at the Heritage, Harbor Town, Pro Am. Taylor
Congrats Jason, Hope we get to tee it up at Yardley or Lu Lu sometime... Tim
Truly was a big step. Congrats Duff