IRVING, Texas — It took Jason Dufner 164 starts on the PGA TOUR to win his first title. It took him two more starts to win his second one. Dufner survived a tough start to make the most important putt of the day, a 25-1/2 footer for birdie at the 18th hole to claim the HP Byron Nelson Championship in a Sunday shootout at the TPC Four Seasons Resort.
By making birdie on the final hole, Dufner finished at 11 under and avoided a playoff with Dicky Pride, who had poured in a similar putt for par at the 18th to finish at 10 under. “I’ve been in a couple of playoffs,” Dufner said. “Really didn’t want to get in another one.”
Pride was looking for his first TOUR win in nearly 18 years. Had he won, he would’ve set a PGA TOUR record for most time between wins. Instead, Dufner gets his second in the last month, having claimed the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in a playoff.
“Jason made a great putt,” Pride said. “He’s a really good player.”
Dufner bogeyed two of his first three holes, but immediately bounced back with two birdies en route to shooting a 3-under 67.