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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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Congratulations Mr. Dufner, great tournament!
Way to go jason
Congratulations Mr. Dufner...well done!
Congrats Jason! That was a lot of fun to watch!
Congratulations Jason. Ice water, straight ice water.
Awesome win for Jason Duffner...I hope this is the first of many!
Great win; so cool under pressure
Great blog post. Congrats to Dufner for winning the tournament. That was one of the all-time greatest displays of ball-striking. Great victory by a really good guy.
Way to go Duff!
Good to see shot making ability and ball striking win out. Great performance and win for Duff.
Awesome win, Duff! Congratulations!
I am very happy for Duffy! He deserved to win, as he played solid on Sunday and had the spectacular 63. Way to go Duf!
Great week of golf sir, well played
A great round delivered a well deserved major championship. Great driving exhibition on a course with extremely tight fairways - well done and hopefully more in your future .
Great Win DUFF! Love the laid back demeanor