Dufner Beats Furyk at PGA for 1st Major

'It was a perfect ending'

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Aug 12, 2013 2:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – Equipped with a two-shot lead at the turn, and still carrying a few scars from his PGA Championship collapse two years ago, American Jason Dufner never showed signs of cracking. No one expected anything else from a player whose popularity comes from his flat-line personality. He merely waved to the gallery when he shot 63 in the second round to tie a major championship record. He matched scores with Jim Furyk at every hole on the back nine of Oak Hill.

Only after Dufner tapped in for a bogey on the 18th hole to win the PGA Championship did he crack a smile, raise both arms, and give a slight pump of the fist, saving all that emotion for a grand occasion. He'd finished the front nine with six straight one-putt greens, and then delivered a steady diet of fairways and greens. He putted for birdie on every hole on the back nine until the last hole. He calmly rolled a 10-foot par putt toward the cup and tapped it in. "There's not much to celebrate from 6 inches or less, but it was nice to have that short of a putt," he said. "It was a perfect ending for me."

Jason Dufner reacts after missing a birdie putt on the 12th hole during the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Oak Hill Country Club, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, in Pittsford, NY.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Jim Furyk reacts after missing a birdie putt on the 15th hole during the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Oak Hill Country Club, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, in Pittsford, NY.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Jim Furyk celebrates after a birdie on the sixth hole during the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Oak Hill Country Club, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, in Pittsford, NY.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Jason Dufner, right, celebrates winning the PGA Championship golf tournament with his caddie Kevin Baile as Jim Furyk, center, walks past, in Pittsford, NY.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Jason Dufner holds up the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, in Pittsford, NY.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Jason Dufner kisses the Wanamaker Trophy with his wife Amanda after winning the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, in Pittsford, NY.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Jason Dufner kisses the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, in Pittsford, NY.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Jason Dufner hits his tee shot on the 18th hole during the final round of the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, in Pittsford, NY.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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