How Jason Dufner Won The 2013 PGA Championship at Oak Hill
THE LAST time the PGA Championship was played at Oak Hill it was won by Jason Dufner, who set himself on the way to victory with a stunning 63 in the second round.
His triumph made up for the disappointment of finishing runner-up to Keegan Bradley at Atlanta Athletic Club two years earlier when his tee shot into the water on No. 15 led to three consecutive bogeys and his loss to Bradley in a playoff.
Dufner shot a final-round 2-under 68 to get to 10-under for the tournament and defeat Jim Furyk by two shots.
Dufner began the final round a shot behind the 54-hole leader and playing partner Furyk. Going head-to-head with the 43-year-old Furyk, Dufner, 36, drew level with a birdie on the par-5 fourth hole. And he took the lead with a tap-in birdie on the par-four fifth.
Furyk came back with a huge putt from downtown for his first birdie of the day on the par-three sixth, but Dufner nearly holed his approach shot at the eighth.
Furyk made his first bogey of the day on the par-4 ninth and fell to two behind after Dufner rolled his ball in for another clutch par.
Dufner knocked another tee shot close on the par-three 11th, but a tentative stroke left his 10-foot birdie putt short and he had to settle for a kick-in par.
"I don't think there is a guy out here when you are playing in these major championships that doesn't feel the pressure,” Dufner said after carding a 71 in Saturday's third round. "You want to play well. There is a lot at stake to play well. There is a lot of pressure."
When Dufner’s birdie putt on 12 slid by the hole, he left an opening for Furyk but the 2003 U.S. Open winner could not convert for birdie.
In the meantime, Henrik Stenson tied Furyk at nine-under after a birdie at the par-five 13th. His momentum came to a halt after his tee shot found a divot in front of the 14th green and, needing a delicate pitch shot to the flag at the front, he dumped his ball a few feet into the bunker.
Stenson two-putted for bogey to dip to 8-under to match his Swedish countryman Jonas Blixt, who made his own charge after back-to-back birdies on holes No. 13 and 14.
At the 15th, with the pin hugging the right side of the green, some four yards from the edge and with a lake just beyond it, Dufner played it safe, landing his ball about pin high but on the far left fringe some 35 yards away.
After a chip shot left him a short one and Furyk made his par, Dufner stuffed his par putt and moved to the 16th retaining a two-shot advantage. Another bullet at the pin set up a stress-free birdie before both players dropped a shot at the 17th.
Dufner found the rough at the last and his approach came up six feet short. But with Furyk also short and buried in the thick rough and finishing with a bogey, Dufner wrapped up the Wanamaker Trophy with two putts at the last.
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