Jason Dufner is 2013 US PGA Champion

Jason Dufner PGA 595

THE ever-smiling Jason Dufner has beaten lightning-fast Jim Furyk to the 2013 US PGA Championship.

Both American golfers bogeyed the last two holes at a very rough-rich Oak Hills Country Club but it was enough for Dufner to take a two stroke victory and his first major championship.

Dufner had been in a similar leading position at the same event two years ago when he frittered away a three stroke lead over the final four holes and lost a playoff to Keegan Bradley.

Dufner’s iron play was magnificent – a good thing because his putter was very shaky.

“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.”

After his record equalling 63 in the second round, the 36 year old closed with a 2-under 68 to end the tournament on 10-under.

Furyk, who led after the first round with Adam Scott on 6-under, finished with a 71 on 8-under with Swede Henrik Stenson (70) a stroke further back alone in third.

Scott (70) will rue a tournament where the putts – be they for important par saves or for much needed birdies – just wouldn’t drop.

He finished tied for third with Scott Piercy (65) on 5-under.

Despite whatever disappointment there may be, the Australian still had a magnificent year at the majors with this T5 bracketed with his T3 at the British Open and his historic victory at the Masters.

“It’s been a great week at a great venue. I didn’t play as well as I would have liked to,” Scott said afterwards.

Jason Day (67), who started the final round nine strokes behind the lead, had the round of the day going earlier when he was 6-under at the 13th after seven birdies.

Unfortunately, he again stumbled coming down the stretch at a major with a closing three straight bogeys.

Still, he also had a comparatively great major year with this T8 finish to add to his outright third at the Masters and T2 at the US Open. The first major victory surely can’t be too far off for the very talented 25 year old Aussie.

Marc Leishman also had another fine major with a closing 68 seeing him finish at 2-under tied for 12th. The Victorian was another Masters standout finishing tied for fourth.

[box type=”info”]The best total scores at all majors in 2013 were recorded jointly by …. Adam Scott and Jason Day on 2-over[/box]

2013 US PGA Championship Final Results

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