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
Dufner Beats Furyk at PGA for 1st Major Title
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)

(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." (Read more Jason Dufner stories.)

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