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Dufner earns first major with two-stroke win at PGA Championship

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Jason Dufner kisses the Wanamaker Trophy (above). He finished with the lowest winning score of any major championship played on Oak Hill's East Course. (Photos by Keith Walters)
Rochester Business Journal
August 11, 2013

Two years after he gave up a lead and lost to Keegan Bradley in a playoff for the PGA Championship, Jason Dufner on Sunday claimed the same title with a final round 2-under-par 68 at Oak Hill Country Club.

In his first victory at a major, Dufner finished with a 10-under-par 270, the lowest winning score of any major championship played on Oak Hill’s East Course. Jim Furyk, the leader after three rounds, finished second at 8 under par. He was followed by a pair of Swedes, Henrik Stenson and Jonas Blixt, who were 6-under and 5-under, respectively.

Dufner earned the Wanamaker Trophy despite finishing bogey-bogey. After holing his final short putt, Dufner was embraced by Bradley. (See video.)

The world's top-ranked player, Tiger Woods, continued to draw huge crowds--and continued to have trouble keeping his ball in the fairway. He finished with an even-par 70, and at 4-over for the tournament, tied for 40th.

For Woods, it was a worse showing even than his disappointing 2003 PGA Championship finish. In eight championship rounds at Oak Hill, he has failed to break par.

Phil Mickelson, winner of the 2013 British Open and a favorite heading into the 95th PGA Championship, landed even farther down the leaderboard at Oak Hill. His final-round 2-over-par 72 left him 12-over for the tournament and tied for 72nd.

Final-round notes:

• Dufner finished bogey-bogey, but earlier in the championship he went 31 consecutive holes without a bogey or worse, and over his last two rounds he played 26 straight holes without a bogey or worse before his three-putt for bogey at No. 17 Sunday.

• Dufner now is the sixth golfer to shoot 63 in a major and go on to win that championship. His 63 at Oak Hill--a course record for competition play--came on Friday.

• Dufner’s win also means that 15 of the last 19 major championships have been claimed by a first-time major winner.

• David Toms, the 2001 PGA Champion, closed with 3-under-par 67 to finish at 4-under par for the championship. That was the best performance among the seven PGA champions who made the 36-hole cut. Defending champion Rory McIlroy was next, at 3-under.

• Tim Clark of South Africa became the 39th player to make a hole-in-one in the PGA Championship since complete record-keeping began in 1970. Clark used a 3-hybrid on the 220-yard, par-3 11th hole.

• The par-4 17th was the most difficult hole on the course over the four rounds. The par-5 fourth hole was the easiest.

Updated at 10 p.m.

For more tournament coverage, go to RBJ Extra: The 95th PGA Championship.

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