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Wayne Post
  • Dufner Does It! — holds off Furyk to win PGA Championship

  • Jason Dufner didn’t play the final round of the PGA Championship like he did on Friday when he recorded an Oak Hill competitive course record 63. He also didn’t play like the guy who needed 33 putts in a round of 71 on Saturday.






    Dufner was somewhere in the middle on Sunday. Thanks to his stability from tee to green, Dufner will forever be known as a major champion.

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  • Jason Dufner didn’t play the final round of the PGA Championship like he did on Friday when he recorded an Oak Hill competitive course record 63. He also didn’t play like the guy who needed 33 putts in a round of 71 on Saturday.
    Dufner was somewhere in the middle on Sunday. Thanks to his stability from tee to green, Dufner will forever be known as a major champion.
    Dufner fired a final-round 68 to finish 10-under and win the PGA Championship on the historic East Course for his first major title. Jim Furyk, the leader after the third round, shot a one-over 71 to finish 8-under.
    Henrik Stenson finished third (7-under), while Jonas Blixt was fourth (6-under). Masters champion Adam Scott and Scott Piercy finished fifth (5-under).
    “I felt really good today,” said Dufner’s who’s four-day total of 270 was the lowest in Oak Hill’s major championship history. “The first green is tough for me sometimes, especially in this major championship. But I felt really calm. I was really settled in and determined to play well today and give myself a chance.”
    Dufner’s round ended with bogeys on 17 and 18, but his play the first 16 holes rendered any late disaster meaningless. He hit 9-of-14 fairways and 11-of-18 greens in regulation. Dufner worked out of trouble throughout his round, scrambling on 6 out of 7 holes.
    He moved into first for good on the fourth hole when he made the first of four birdies in his round. Dufner then birdied five and eight to make the turn 11-under, and he made a tap-in birdie on 16 to get to 12-under.
    “I knew that I had to stay patient, but I felt like I was hitting it pretty good and I hit a lot of shots close there early in the round which made it easy for me, so there wasn’t too much pressure on the putter today,” Dufner said.
    Dufner on Sunday exorcised the demons of the 2011 PGA Championship when he blew a five-shot lead over the final holes and lost to Keegan Bradley in a playoff. The former Auburn University standout appears to have learned from the disappointment, having won three tournaments over the last two years.
    Thanks to “Dufnering” he has become a fan favorite on tour. After this week, his popularity should only grow.
    The Wanamaker Trophy won’t be his only memento from this week. He and his wife Amanda will plant a bunch of acorns from Oak Hill at their home in Auburn, Ala., in the hopes they will mature into oak trees.
    “It’s definitely going to change my life, but I’m determined that it’s not going to change me,” Dufner said about the historic win. “It’s going to be a difficult task. But I’ll have to take it step-by-step and day by day and go with it.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Furyk led until the fourth hole when Dufner birdied to tie at 9-under. He responded with a birdie at the par-3 sixth to tie Dufner at 10-under.
    Furyk bogeyed the par-4 ninth to fall two shots behind, then made birdie on the 16th hole to stay two shots down, but a bogey on 17 cost him the chance to win his first major title since the 2003 US Open.
    “I have no regrets, I played my heart out,” said Furyk, who finished runner-up in a major for the third time in his career. “I played a very solid tournament. If I could go back, I would love to make par on 17 and 18 and put some heat on (Dufner) and I wasn’t able to do that. I hit some pretty good shots on 17 and 18, I just wasn’t able to come away with it.”
    Defending PGA champion Rory McIlroy couldn’t capitalize on a birdie-birdie finish on Saturday, shooting 70 in a tie for eighth place (3-under). McIlroy triple bogeyed the par-4 fifth to derail any chance of a late Sunday charge.
    Phil Mickelson couldn’t capitalize off his victory in the Open Championship last month, finishing in a tie for 72nd (12-over). Tiger Woods’ shot the best competitive round of his career at Oak Hill on Sunday (70), but that left him 4-over for the tournament.

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