August 11 2013
Jason Dufner is the 19th different winner in the past 21 major championships. (Cannon/Getty Images)
By PGATOUR.COM staff
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Two years after he frittered away a three-stroke lead over the final four holes and ended up losing a playoff at the PGA Championship, Jason Dufner put his name on the Wanamaker Trophy with a solid 68 in the final round.
"It hasn't hit me yet," Dufner said. "I still can't believe this is happening to me. To come back from a couple of years ago in this championship when I lost to Keegan (Bradley) in a playoff and win feels really, really good."
Dufner, who matched the major championship record of 63 on Friday, finished four rounds at Oak Hill at 10 under, two strokes ahead of Jim Furyk, with whom he played the final 18 holes. Furyk, who was bidding to win his second major, closed with a round of 71.
Henrik Stenson, who finished second at The Open Championship and third at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, was alone in third at 7 under after shooting 70. Jonas Blitz, a fellow Swede playing in just his second major, also shot even par and finished solo fourth.
Dufner had held a share of the lead after the second and third rounds two years ago at the Atlanta Athletic Club before an opportunistic Keegan Bradley forced -- and won the three-hole aggregate playoff. On Sunday, he trailed by Furyk by one stroke entering the final 18 holes but took the lead with consecutive birdies at Nos. 4 and 5 and never relinquished it.
"I decided I was going to be confident and put my best foot forward and play aggressive and try to win this thing," Dufner said. "I wasn't going to play scared or soft. It's a big step for my career."
Dufner, who celebrated with an understated double fist pump before hugging first his wife Amanda and later Bradley, is the 19th different major champion in the last 21 majors. The breakthrough victory was the third of his career.