Written By: Colin Murray
August 12, 2013
95th PGA Championship – Oak Hill Country Club, Rochester, NY
Jason Dufner (-10) wins 2013 PGA Championship by two strokes over Jim Furyk; finds sweet redemption after tough loss in 2011.
Jason Dufner had a chance at history on Friday, as he stood over a putt that would have given him a 62 for the round – something no player has ever done in a major championship. He would leave that putt about 18in short, before tapping in for a record-tying 63. In his post-round interview, he stated that while making that putt would have been a remarkable achievement, he would rather make history and be remembered by winning the Wannamaker Trophy at the end of the tournament. Following rounds of 71 & 68 on the weekend, he made good on those words by coming from one shot behind on Sunday to win the 95th PGA Championship and capture his first-ever major victory.
The win is the best form of redemption, as Dufner lost the 2011 PGA Championship in heart-breaking fashion to Keegan Bradley, as he held a five-shot leading heading into the 15th hole, where his tee shot would find the water. Bradley had some well-timed birides to eventually tie Dufner after regulation, before then going on to win in a three-hole aggregate playoff.
Since then, the two have become very good friends. Bradley was on his way to the airport Sunday, and when it became apparent that Dufner was going to win, he turned around and headed back to the course so he could be there to congratulate his friend.
Despite a bogey-bogey finish, Dufner played some excellent golf on Sunday, sticking several iron shots to within five feet, putting the pressure on third-round leader Jim Furyk to match him. Unfortunately, Furyk (-8) was not as precise, and was only able to convert two birdies on the day – but also three bogeys – to finish two shots behind Dufner.
Heading into Sunday’s final round, two Swedes – Henrik Stenson and Jonas Blixt – were looking to make history of their own by becoming the first from their country to win a major. Neither was able to make up any ground however, as each made bogey on the first hole and shot even par for the round, finishing at (-7) and (-6) respectively for the tournament.
Prior to the start of Thursday’s first round, most of the talk surrounded Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. Tiger, having won five tournaments this year including running away with last week’s Bridgestone Invitational, was seeking to end his five-year major drought at an event he’s won four previous times. Phil meanwhile, was coming off the heels of his first Open Championship victory, looking to win his second major of the year. It didn’t take long however for both of them to basically be out of the tournament, as each was six shots back after the first round. Tiger (+4) went on to finish T40, while Phil was so far behind after a third round 78 that he was in the second-earliest tee time Sunday morning, and finished T72.
With the win, Dufner earns 600 FedEx Cup points and moves to 14th in the standings. He also moves to 10th in the President’s Cup ranks, where the top 10 earn automatic berths into the bi-annual tournament.
Next Event: Wyndham Championship, Sedgefield CC, Greensboro, NC; August 15 – 18.
Top Photos of the Week: http://www.golfchannel.com/news/grill-room/photos-of-the-week-august-11-2013/
Top Quotes of the Week: http://www.golfchannel.com/news/grill-room/quotes-of-the-week-august-11-2013/
The many faces of Dufner: http://www.golfchannel.com/news/grill-room/cant-get-enough-duf-many-faces-jason-dufner/
Snedeker uses Golf Channel’s Steve Sands as target practice: http://www.golfchannel.com/news/grill-room/occupational-hazard-snedeker-fires-balls-at-steve-sands/
Getting goofy – How Bubba Watson prepares for the PGA: http://www.golfchannel.com/news/grill-room/how-does-bubba-prepare-for-95th-pga-help-from-friend/
More About the Author - Colin Murray
Colin is a Senior writer with Average Guy Golf, who has been around from the very beginning of the site. Days after Chris launched the site, Colin contacted him and has been writing for the site ever since, he is also very active on AGG's social media accounts, if you are talking to AGG on Facebook or Twitter chances are, you are speaking with Colin. Colin was recently engaged to his future bride Tracie, and lives in Northern Virginia. He plays TaylorMade equipment, and has been AGG's main correspondent from PGA tournaments, on site at most notable the 2013 PGA championship.