Pittsford, NY (WGR 55) - Jason Dufner now has a major title to add to his growing popularity among golf fans, especially those in Western New York. Dufner, who's best known for "Dufnering", had endured a mostly forgettable year. His most noteworthy moment came in April, when he was caught on camera during a charity appearance at an elementary school — sitting on the floor, propped up against a wall of the classroom, arms rigidly at his side, a dazed look on his face. Now he can be known for more than just a silly pose.
Dufner played a very good round Sunday, making birdies at the 4th, 5th and 8th holes and took a lead into the back nine and he would never give up the lead and defeated Jim Furyk by two strokes. No other golfer really raised any serious charge throughout the final nine holes.
Two years ago at the PGA Championship, Dufner strolled to the 15th tee at Atlanta Athletic Club with a four-shot lead. He promptly dumped his ball in the water, while his goof buddy Keegan Bradley started making birdies up ahead. By the time they had both finished 72 holes, it was all even.
Bradley, of course, won the playoff. This time around it was Bradley, who turned around after heading to the Rochester airport, and was there to meet his friend Dufner on the 18th green to embrace him after his first major win.
Dufner had a record setting week at Oak Hill, breaking the course record with a 63 in round 2(Ben Hogan & Curtis Strange had shot 64 here), and breaking the lowest winning score in Oak Hill tournament history at 10-under par(breaking Jack Nicklaus -6 in 1980 PGA).
Tiger Woods was never a threat to the leaders, he finished at +4, in a tie for 40th and never broke par all week.
Phil Mickelson finished near the bottom of those who made the cut at +12.
Defending PGA Champion Rory McIlroy had his best major of the season and was tied for 8th, 7 shots behind Dufner.
The crowds were very large all week in Pittsford, averaging over 40,000 a day during the tournament rounds. Oak Hill is rumored to be in the discussion for a possible President's Cup event in the future.