Jason Dufner came from 1 shot behind to win his first major by 2 shots. A solid round of 2 under par was enough to see him to victory even with a shaky finish after three putting on the 17th. But as Keegan Bradley quite rightly quoted, ‘1 over par on the last four holes is a good finish,’ and that it was. Many good rounds were ruined by the last four holes including Jason Day who looked like he was going to storm his way through the pack after reaching 6 under par after 13, but it wasn’t to be. Dufner was able to keep his nerve and do enough to win just two years after conceding a five shot advantage with four holes to go. Although he may look cool, calm and collective he admitted he struggled to keep amicable.
This was just his third win of his career, it was his loss to Keegan Bradley two years ago that could’ve spurred him on to win. Dufner said an aggressive attitude was key to his victory on the final day. After shooting a course record 63 on the Friday he was the deserved winner, anyone who shoots the course record and is one shot off making golfing history is a worthy winner in my eyes. However, final round leader Jim Furyk played the most consistent out of the two players, shooting 65, 68 and another 68 to take a 1 shot lead into the final round. Jack Nicklaus before the leaders went out said Jim Furyks second and third round was the worst he has seen him hit the ball but the best he has ever seen him putt. This changed in the final round where Furyk although having an unconventional swing seemed to be swinging it smoother and was a bit unorthodox with his putting. This lead to a final round of 71 which saw him miss out on his second major win.
The player I was backing from the start, Henrik Stenson, was again in contention but was unable to capitalise on his recent form and be his country’s first ever male major winner. Stenson has come second three times this year including the Open last month and finished on his own in third place on 7 under par this week. Stenson played an inconsistent last round of 70 by having 1 eagle, 2 birdies and four bogeys which was enough to see him third and leading European. After slipping to 230th in the world at the start of 2012, Stenson has now worked his way back up to the top ten in the world after a very good 12 months, which could mean a Ryder cup place is his to be earnt. This was helped by his last four starts which has seen him finish 3rd-2nd-2nd-3rd.
Irishman Rory Mcilroy looks to finally be getting his old form back after finishing the tournament on 3 under par with a final round of 70. This calendar year has been a challenge for Rory after moving from Titleist to Nike which has seen his form dip and has seen him receive some unnecessary criticism. The defending USPGA champion did not give up hope on retaining the title and played some of the best golf he has produced this year, but it was not enough.