The impetus behind this article was initially the fact that Webb Simpson did something in the second round of the PGA Championship that very few men have done – he tied the 18-hole course record at Oak Hill with a score of 64. Only Ben Hogan and Curtis Strange had done it before. In the first round of this year’s championship Jim Furyk and Adam Scott flirted with that score, but both ended up carding 65s in their respective first round outings.
Then Jason Dufner had to go and change everything. He was seven under after 16 holes in the second round – on pace to finish with a 63, which would break the course record and tie the lowest score in major championship history. That coveted round of 63 in a major is something that only 23 men can say they have accomplished – the last of them being Steve Stricker in the first round of the 2011 PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club. It seems as if Dufner was telling Simpson “anything you can do, I can do better.” A par on the 17th hole got him halfway home. Then he hit a magnificent approach shot on 18 that left him with an uphill birdie putt inside of 20 feet for a 62 – and the single-round major championship scoring record all to himself (cue the drum roll, please).
He never got the putt to the hole and ended with a 63.
Dufner’s inspired second round rocketed him up the leaderboard. After finishing the first round at two under par, he enters the weekend in first place with a cumulative score of nine under. The conditions were perfect for scoring today thanks, in part, to a decent amount of rain over the last two days. The weather certainly made the course play longer but it also made it much more receptive, which is something that Dufner used to his advantage.
Congratulations to Jason Dufner for accomplishing a feat that very few men in the history of major championship golf have done – and also for breaking the course record at one of the most historic courses in the country.