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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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Nearest Comp - 19%
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Ball striking has never been the issue for Jason. Bit Sunday was special as he held together his putting to take his place on one of the biggest stages in golf. This is a huge step for him
Look for more of Jason in contention is the top events and majors. Way to go Jason!
Nice win Duffner! Keep it up.
Outstanding play keep up the good work!
GREAT WIN MR. D. it was fun to watch. Now smile
I really enjoyed watching Jason Dufner win the PGA as he acted in a professional manner with great shot making abilities. There are many good players who are well liked and Jason was a class act. Great Job and well deserved. I'm now a fan.
That was some closing round. To have that much control of his tee shots on that course speaks to a level of nerve and steadiness that aren't always obvious. VERY well done.
Wonderful playing - what was the shoe on Sunday? Didn't look like an ICON - more like a sport.
Devin, this is not a comment for publication...more of a "heads-up" so don't post it. I didn't know how else to contact you. In the first paragraph of your article on Dufner, the second to last word you used was 'alluded".....a word usually followed by "to" . To "allude to " is to "refer to"
I believe you meant "eluded"...meaning "got away from"
Way to Go Jason!
Redemption for being iced on the 15th tee 2 years ago---Great ball stricking round!! CongratsJason!
This guy is a lot of fun to watch. Great golf!
Fantastic ball striking! I've never seen a better example of driving the golf ball. Congratulations Jason.
Great win for a great guy. Congrats Duff Daddy!!!
Well done, Duf!
Enjoyed your win, a little personally is good for the game.