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Jason Dufner wins US PGA Championship

The race for the US PGA Championship was between 2 American, and 2 Swedish players. Both Americans just about managed to topple the men from Sweden by a matter of strokes. Jason Dufner and Jim Furyk , the two Americans to top the table by the end of the weekend beat the two Swedish players, Henrik Stenson and Jonas Blixt. They managed to finish third and fourth respectively. This is the first Major Championship that Jason Dufner has won and it must have come as quite a shock, to himself and the fans, considering he has only won 2 PGA Tour tournaments before this major.

After turning professional in 2012, Jason Dufner waited 12 years before he could experience what it felt like to win a trophy on the PGA Tour. On April 29th 2012, Dufner found himself in a play-off at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans against an extremely tough opponent, Ernie Els. Yet the American still triumphed over the South African to claim his first tournament. A month later he tasted victory again winning the HP Byron Nelson Championship by one stroke. He then had to wait another year in order to win his next tournament, but it was certainly worth the wait.

Jason Dufner claims his first ever major title

Jason Dufner has nearly won the US PGA Championship before. He was in a play-off against Keegan Bradley in the 2011 final major of the year and unfortunately lost. Yet, this year Jason Dufner was considered to be a proper contender on Friday when he equalled the lowest score to ever be hit in major history whilst setting a new course record at Oak Hill. Despite this, going into the final round on Sunday, he was trailing Jim Furyk by one stroke and had to pick up his game in order to win.

Jason Dufner managed to birdie the fourth to level with Furyk but then after the ninth hole, Dufner took advantage of poor play from Furyk and took a 2 stroke lead. Both players bogeyed the 17th and 18th holes which meant that Dufner had finally sealed a major victory of his own. Dufner finished on an impressive score of -10 with Furyk on -8. The two Swedes, Stenson and Blixt, scored -7 and -6. Adam Scott and Scot Piercy finished joint 5th with a score of -5. Rory McIlroy finished with a score of -3 whilst Tiger Woods disappointingly scored +4.

After his first major victory, Jason Dufner commented, “I can’t believe this is happening to me. To come back from a couple of years ago in this championship when I lost to Keegan in the play-off, to win feels really, really good. The last two holes were a little unfortunate. I wish I could’ve closed out with no bogeys but I am happy to get the job done. It’s a big step for my career.” He continued, “You know, (I’ve had) a lot of frustration with my golf this year, but to win a major, that always makes it better.”

Author Daniel Foster.
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