He wasn’t able to put the tournament away prior to the final hole, but Jason Dufner did enough to pick up the first major championship victory of his career at the PGA Championship. Thanks to a final round 68, Dufner recorded a two shot victory over Jim Furyk.
It was likely that Dufner was going to hold on for the win after he matched Furyk’s birdie at the 16th. Both men carded bogeys on the next hole, allowing Dufner to maintain his two shot lead. That all but sealed the win for Dufner and relegated Furyk to yet another near miss in a major.
Just two years after he essentially gave away a three-stroke lead over the final four holes at this event, Dufner finally has his revenge. If anything good came out of that loss for Dufner, it was the fact that his good friend Keegan Bradley was the one that beat him in the playoff. Not surprisingly, Bradley was waiting just off of the 18th green to give his friend a congratulatory embrace once the results had been finalized.
To say that this week will be memorable for Dufner is clearly an understatement. Not only did he break the course record at Oak Hill by shooting a 63 in the second round, but it’s the first major championship of Dufner’s career – and one that he will not soon forget. The normally stoic Dufner gave a double fist pump, closed his eyes and let out a sigh of relief as the final putt dropped. That was maybe even more of a reaction that many people expected – but great moments call for unadulterated displays of joy, right?
Congratulations to Jason Dufner on his first career major championship. It will be interesting to see where he goes from here