Dufner slays Oak Hill for first major
A stunning approach to a foot at the par-four 16th earned him his fourth birdie of the day and he could afford the luxury of bogeys at 17 and 18, two of the toughest holes on the course, as he secured his third victory on the PGA Tour.
He was warmly embraced by his wife, Amanda, just off the green, followed by his good friend Keegan Bradley, the 2011 champion.
“It’s been a tough day, a long day,” Dufner said after being presented with the coveted Wanamaker Trophy which he hoisted high before kissing it.
“The last two holes were a little unfortunate. I wish I could’ve closed out with no bogeys but I am happy to get the job done. It’s a big step for my career.”
Tiger Woods, seeking to end a five-year title drought at the majors, ended a forgettable week at Oak Hill with a 70 to finish halfway down the leaderboard at four-over 284.
Dufner got even at the top when sank a five-foot birdie putt at the par-five fourth, then briefly claimed the outright lead after hitting a brilliant approach that spun back to two feet at the tricky par-four fifth to set up a tap-in birdie.
Dufner then countered with another brilliant approach, this time a sand wedge to a foot at the par-four eighth, to reclaim the outright lead at 11 under.
As the shadows lengthened on a glorious, sun-splashed evening at Oak Hill, Dufner maintained his two-shot cushion as he and Furyk both finished bogey-bogey.
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