Jason Dufner Wins the HP Byron Nelson Championship

Carlos TorresContributor IMay 20, 2012

Jason Dufner let some emotion out on his win at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Jason Dufner let some emotion out on his win at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.Darren Carroll/Getty Images

Jason Dufner sank a sensational 25-feet birdie putt on the 18th hole to win the 2012 HP Byron Nelson Championship at the TPC Four Seasons Resort in Irving, Texas.

Dufner shot a three-under-par 67 today to finish with a total of 11-under-par for the tournament and take the winner's $1.17 million paycheck and earn his second win in three weeks. He won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans on April 29. 

Dickey Pride finished in solo second place at 10-under-par, and then there was a four-way tie for third place at nine-under-par between Jonas Blixt, Joe Durant, J.J. Henry and Marc Leishman.

Among some of the notables, Phil Mickelson shot a four-under-par 66 to finish T7 at six-under-par. Jason Day finished T9 at five-under-par and Players Championship winner Matt Kuchar finished T15 at four-under-par.

Dufner was playing on the final group with J.J. Henry who had the lead at 11-under-par going into the 17th hole. But Henry missed terribly the par-putt and ended up with a double bogey to fall to nine-under-par.

Dickey Pride was then the co-leader with Dufner while playing ahead in the 18th hole when he drove his tee shot into the water and had to take a penalty shot.

Pride's approach shot went to the top-right side of the green just over 22 feet from the cup and from there he was able to make the par-saving putt and take the clubhouse lead at 10-under-par.

But Dufner, who hit the ball beautifully all day, then ripped a confident-looking, massive 314-yard tee shot on the 18th hole right on the middle of the fairway. From there his approach shot was almost identical to Pride's as he left it on the same top-right hand corner about 25feet away.

He proceeded to sink the birdie putt and take the championship. Dufner really went for the championship and is playing his best golf.

Pretty good last 30 days for Dufner, he won his first tournament at New Orleans, got married and now gets his second win of the season.

He now moves ahead of the FedEx Cup points standings and most certainly he has made the Ryder Cup team now as well—pretty fitting for the man who arguably may be playing the hottest golf on tour.

Last year Keegan Bradley—who defeated Dufner in the playoff at the PGA Championship—won the tournament. Now it was Dufner's chance to win this tournament, and he seems to only be getting better.

His game is a pretty solid one overall, and you can bank on it: he is a force to be reckoned with.

The PGA Tour now goes to the third and final leg of the Texas swing as it heads to the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth for the Crowne Plaza Invitational.

Dufner, Rickie Fowler, Kuchar and Ben Crane are among the ones who will be challenging the defending champion David Toms.