Two years after losing a five-shot lead with four to play at the 2011 PGA Championship — and nearly handing the Wanamaker Trophy to Keegan Bradley — Jason Dufner wasn’t going to let that happen again. Nope, not this time Oak Hill.
It wasn’t exactly the most thrilling finish on the planet (and compared to the first three majors in 2013, it was a snoozefest). In fact, it was pretty boring and resembled the monotonous, unchanging expression on Dufner’s face, so it was only fitting for the lack of excitement coming down the stretch and the six-inch tap-in on the 18th for the two-shot win over Jim Furyk.
After Jason Dufner tapped in for bogey on 18 to secure his first major victory at the PGA Championship, he embraced his wife Amanda and gave her butt a little squeeze, which was apparent by the millions watching the telecast, and another #Dufnering craze was born.
Heading into the final round of the PGA Championship, the last major of the year, Jim Furyk (-9) and Jason Dufner (-8) are sitting 1-2 on the leaderboard, which means the two Americans are playing together in the final pairing.
With Phil Mickelson (who will already be halfway home to San Diego) and Tiger Woods so far out of the mix, Furyk and Dufner are sharing the big, bright spotlight in what will (hopefully) be a high-drama finale. But, I’m here to tell you, the golf fans, why you should be rooting for Henrik Stenson.
Golf Channel’s Steve Sands was giving a live update from the driving range at Oak Hill on Saturday morning when Brandt Snedeker decided to use Sands for target practice.
This is so awesome that it might even rival Jason Dufner’s record-tying 63 as the greatest thing we’ve seen this week at the PGA Championship. OK, maybe that’s taking it a little too far (and I’m sleep-deprived and delirious), but it wins best-in-show in the non-golf category.
Twelve feet stood between Jason Dufner’s ball on the 18th green and a record-setting 62 in the second round of the PGA Championship — a score that had never been posted by any player at any of the four major championships in history (or at least since the powers-that-be started keeping track of such things).
Playing in torrential showers for most of the morning at Oak Hill, Adam Scott and Justin Rose battled difficult and soggy conditions and managed to stay afloat on Friday morning — or near the top of the leaderboard at the PGA Championship despite getting the less favorable side of the draw.
Scott, who opened with a 65 for a share of the first-round lead, posted a respectable two-under 68, while Justin Rose shot 29 on the front nine (he teed off no. 10, so after it stopped raining) to post a four-under 66.
Scores in the afternoon are expected to be significantly lower, with mild and soft conditions after it dumped buckets in the morning.
Tiger Woods is one-under through seven holes at the moment.
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Woody Austin received a four-shot penalty during the second round of the PGA Championship for exceeding the 14-club limit. On the third hole, Austin realized he had fifteen clubs and declared the extra one out of play (well, we’re still unsure of its fate) and informed a rules official that he had violated the rule.
You know that hackneyed saying that once Joe Golfer breaks through to win a major, the floodgates will open? Well, I hate those kinds of platitudes, but I begrudgingly admit sometimes they’re appropriate. Phil Mickelson is one example that comes to mind, and Adam Scott is manifesting into the latest poster boy for this phenomenon.
Before Tiger Woods even hit his first tee shot at Oak Hill at the PGA Championship, everyone and their baby mamma were absolutely 110% certain that this was THE week. You know, the one where he’d finally quit horsing around on Sundays and leave the field in the dust on his way to his 15th major.