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What's In The Winner's Golf Bag: Jason Dufner at The 2013 PGA Championship - Great Golf Deals.com Blog



PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Looking unruffled throughout an unhurried walk in Sunday's final round of the 95th PGA Championship, Jason Dufner, who earlier this year sparked a movement that became known as Dufnering, now is in possession of the Wanamaker Trophy.




Unperturbed by charges made by others and untroubled by the exigent East Course at Oak Hill Country Club, Dufner won the final major of the season with a lethal combination of pars and tap-in birdies.

Trailing by one at the start of the day, Dufner took the lead for good on No. 8 and shot 2-under-par 68 to finish at 10 under par to win by two over Jim Furyk.

After holing his final putt, Dufner celebrated the third win of his career with a muted double-fist pump to the sky, politely took his hat off to shake Furyk's hand, and then gently patted his wife, Amanda, on the rear end before hugging her. A few minutes later he hoisted the heavy silver Wanamaker Trophy to the sky and gave it a few kisses.

In winning his first major title, Dufner became the 15th first-time major winner in the last 21 played, the 19th different player to win in that stretch.

"I come across as a pretty cool customer, I guess, but there are definitely some nerves out there, especially when you're trying to win a major championship," said Dufner, who pointed to a 3-foot par putt he made on the first hole as a key. "But I felt good after I made that putt on the first hole, I would say I was pretty flat-lined for most of the day.

" … My name will always be on this trophy, and nobody can take that away from me, so it's a great accomplishment for me, and I'm really excited about it."

Two years after blowing a four-shot lead with four holes to play in the PGA Championship, eventually losing to Keegan Bradley in a playoff at Atlanta Athletic Club, Dufner, 36, never looked rattled throughout the sunny day He settled whatever tension he might have been hiding inside with tap-in birdies at 5, 8 and 16 and another birdie from 8 feet on No. 4. He made bogeys on his final two holes but never lost the two-hole advantage he took to the 17th tee.

"I knew that I had to stay patient, but I felt like I was hitting it pretty good and I hit a lot of shots close there early in the round which made it easy for me," Dufner said. "Not too much pressure on the putter today."

Furyk, the overnight leader, shot 71 and lost another heartbreaker on a big stage. Last year he held a share of the lead until two bogeys in his final three holes did him in in the U.S. Open. In the Ryder Cup, he dropped the final two holes to lose to Sergio Garcia in a key singles match in Europe's stunning win.

"I have no regrets. I played my heart out. I played a very, very solid tournament," said Furyk, who claimed the last of 16 PGA Tour wins in the 2010 Tour Championship. "I would love to make par on 17 and 18 and put some heat on (Dufner), and I wasn't able to do that. That's the one thing, it's a little bit of a thorn in my side, but he played well."

"He was able to shoot 68. I was 1 under par with two to play. With the lead it was a good, solid round, but got beat by a guy that played better. … I feel good about my chances in the future. I'm disappointed it's been a while since I've won, and I've had some chances to close the door and haven't done it, but I guess it's days like this that will make the next one sweeter."

Henrik Stenson and Jonas Blixt, each trying to become the first Swede to win a men's major, each shot 70 to finish third and fourth, respectively, by three and four shots. Stenson, who has two thirds and two seconds in his last four starts, had his charge stalled when he drove into a divot on the par-4 14th, leaving with a bogey after thinking he was in excellent position for a birdie.

Scott Piercy (65) and Adam Scott (70) finished five shots back in fifth.

World No. 1 Tiger Woods never got in rhythm with his swing and finished in a tie for 40th at 4 over. He has now gone 18 majors without adding to his treasure trove of 14. And world No. 2 Phil Mickelson, who won his fifth major at this year's British Open, never got going and finished in a tie for 72nd at 12 over par. Defending champion Rory McIlroy had it going in the third round and early in the final, but a triple-bogey 7 on No. 5 Sunday sunk his chances for winning his third major. He remains winless this season.

"Is it concerning?" Woods, who has nine top-6s in those 18 majors, said when asked about not winning a major in more than 5 years. "No. I've been there in half of them. … I was right there and certainly had a chance to win the Masters and the British this year. The other two, I just didn't hit it good enough.

"Just the way it goes."

With a group of kids wearing "Dufs Dips" T-shirts following his every step throughout the tournament, the man with a dip under his lip and a waggle before nearly every shot started to really go in this tournament with a second-round 63 on a soggy course lacking teeth, becoming the 24th player to shoot that number in a major championship.

In previous championships, Oak Hill has never seen so many red numbers. In five —the U.S. Open three times and the PGA Championship twice — only nine players finished under par over 72 holes, with Jack Nicklaus doing it twice.

But above-average rainfall last month and more of the wet stuff in the first two rounds, Oak Hill became Soak Hill, and players took advantage of the softer conditions, especially hitting into greens that basically became dart boards.

In all, 21 players finished in red numbers.

When the course bit back a bit on Saturday it didn't faze Dufner all that much. Then again, nothing much does. This was captured perfectly in March when a picture of Dufner sitting (or slouched) against the wall in a classroom of children during a charity event in March went viral. There was a vacant look on his face and barely a pulse in his body. Soon, people around the world, including many of his colleagues, started to imitate the "relaxed" Dufner.

The Dufnering fad faded a bit but might catch fire again.

And Dufner is a thoughtful man, a deep thinker with biting wit. For instance, meeting with the news media after the round, he took a good-natured shot at Associated Press golf writer Doug Ferguson, who was wearing a Hawaiian shirt as he asked his question.

"I see you," Dufner said to Ferguson. "Kind of. Couldn't miss you with that shirt on. Nice shirt. Did you get that for free at least?"

Dufner and his wife also grabbed handfuls of acorns this week in hopes of growing some Oak trees on a plot of land the two own in Alabama. The Auburn Tiger dreams that some day one or more of the Oak trees could be planted at Toomer's Corner, where generations of Auburn fans celebrated before the iconic Oak trees were poisoned.

And don't expect a major championship to change Dufner.

"It's definitely going to change my life, but I'm determined that it's not going to change me," he said. "There are a lot of things that are going to come up, different opportunities that are going to come my way, and I'm going to have to deal with that. I've got a great circle around me from a management team to my caddie to my wife to my coach that I'm looking for them to keep me in check to make sure that it doesn't change me.

"It's going to be a difficult task. You hear a lot of guys talk about the demands of winning a major championship and what that brings. But I'll have to take it step-by-step and day by day and go with it. We'll find out in the next couple weeks, the next couple months how that's going to go.

"But I'm determined to not let it change me."


WHAT'S IN JASON'S WINNING GOLF BAG?

Driver: Titleist 910D2 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana ‘ahina 60X












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Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana ‘ilima 80X













Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees)
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Irons: Titleist 714 AP2 (4-PW)
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Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM4 (56-14), Titleist Spin Milled TVD K-grind (60-08)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Dynamic Gold Spinner












Putter: Scotty Cameron GSS Circa 62 No. 6 prototype
Grip: SuperStroke Slim 3.0 (Black/White)

Ball: Titleist Pro V1









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