Date: August 12, 2013
Author: Omnisport

Dufner wins, Scott fifth at US PGA

Jason Dufner put the bad memories of 2011 behind him as he clinched the PGA Championship at the Oak Hill Country Club, New York. The 36-year-old American won by two shots with a score of 10 under from compatriot Jim Furyk, soothing the pain of throwing away a five-stroke lead with four holes to play in the same tournament two years ago. It was another tight finish for Dufner, who hit his first bogey in 27 holes on the 17th before missing the green with his approach on the 18th. Furyk, who held a one-shot lead overnight, also missed his approach as Dufner became nervous edging closer to his first major win. Dufner managed to get his shot up onto the 18th green and two-putted a bogey to win the title as Furyk matched that score on the last and was unable to pull off a miracle. Three birdies on the front nine had put Dufner into a great position and when Furyk bogeyed the ninth, Dufner established a two-shot lead that he would not relinquish. Behind the two Americans were Swedish duo Henrik Stenson and Jonas Blixt, who finished at six and seven under respectively after finals rounds of 70. American Scott Piercy carded a 65 to propel himself into a tie for fifth at five under with Australian Masters champion Adam Scott. In seventh position was American David Toms at four under after a final of round of 67, while four players tied for eighth at three under including Australia&aposs Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson and Rory McIlroy. There were seven players tied for 12th at two under including Australia&aposs Marc Leishman, Roberto Castro, Kevin Streelman, Steve Stricker, Boo Weekley, Graeme McDowell and Marc Warren. Three other Australians completed the final round with Matt Jones (four over) tied for 40th, Marcus Fraser (five over) tied for 47th and John Senden (11 over) tied for 70th.