by Jeff Skinner
Jason Dufner extracted a bit of revenge today. At the 2011 PGA Championship Dufner had a four stroke lead with four to play at the PGA. He melted down, blew his lead and eventually lost to Keegan Bradley in a playoff.
Today it was Dufner’s chance to make history with his first major win and he didn’t waste it this time. Starting the final round one stroke behind Jim Furyk, Dufner was a ball striking machine and spent plenty of time in the middle of the fairway.
An opening 32 on the front nine put him in the lead as Furyk couldn’t manage to do better than even par 35 on the front.
Dufner’s iron play was stellar as he stuck it close time after time. It looked to be a perfect day for Duf until wayward tee balls at seventeen and eighteen cost him a chance at his bogey free round.
But Furyk mirrored Dufner’s finishing bogeys and Dufner finished at ten under par with a two stroke win. Dufner made history on Friday with his 63 and again today with his first major championship.
The unassuming, laid back Dufner reacted as expected with a muted, double fist pump and a smile. Drama isn’t part of Dufner’s lifestyle, he’s as calm as they come but that doesn’t mean he is any less determined to win.
He says the difference in his game this week was his confidence. The confidence that he knows he can play at this level and win. He proved that today as he beat the best field of all the majors.
Listen to the 2013 PGA Champion:
Watch Dufner’s highlights, especially the pat on the ass he gives his wife: