It was two years back when Jason Dufner squandered a five-stroke lead at the PGA Championship. Dufner infamously put his tee shot on 15 into the water and then went on to lose to Keegan Bradley in a playoff. That was as close as he’d ever come to winning a major championship and he still hadn’t got there coming into play this weekend at the 2013 PGA Championship.
Dufner got everybody’s attention on Friday by setting a new PGA Championship record with a round of (63). It also tied him for the best round in major championship history. He started the weekend at (-9) and when it was all said and done, he finished the year’s final major with a winning score of (-10).
Known for his calm demeanour, Dufner played like he’d been there before in the final round on his way to a (68). He drained back-to-back birdies on four and five and then knocked down two more on eight and 16. The 36-year old first-time major winner only recorded two bogies on Sunday and was basically able to cruise to victory with nine pars on the final 13 holes.
Jim Furyk, who entered the day with a one-stroke lead, did not go down without a fight. Furyk drained a birdie on 16 to match Dufner with two holes to go, but he just couldn’t make up the two-stroke difference with his opponent so dialed in. By the end of the 2013 PGA Championship, it was clearly a two-horse race. Both Dufner and Furyk played great golf, but Dufner was just a little bit better when it counted the most on Sunday.
With a major championship finally under his belt, Dufner’s stock is at an all-time high. But regardless of how the rest of his career plays out, his name will always be alongside some of the all-time greats. His victory at the 2013 PGA Championship makes him just the sixth golfer in history to win a major after shooting a 63 during the tournament.