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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Confidence all the way.....Congrats JD ! Another great win for Team FJ......
Congrats Duff. Great round, great weekend!
Great golf Duff never let the pressure get to you. Congrats on your first major
Congrats to Duff. Well deserved!
What a great win for Jason Dufner!!!! go Duff, go footjoy :)
congrats duff daddy!
Awesome week Jason! I just wish he could let go a little more & show some emotion!
Congrats Jason! Duffering is reborn!!!
Great play all week from Duf! Set
Congrats. Awesome performance, start to finish!
Way to go Duf! Awesome playing out there!
He was fun to watch. He was like a machine.
Congratulations Duff! Impressive finish by not taking your foot off the gas!
So happy for Jason. Well deserved. For happy for his entire team, FJ, titelist and Chuck Cook. All the hard work has paid off!
Congrats on the great win! Complete clinic on ball striking.