The PGA Championship 2013: Twitter Reacts to End-of-Day 4 Leaderboard
Jason Dufner won the 2013 PGA Championship at 10 under par Sunday. Despite bogeying both 17 and 18, Dufner managed to hold on for his first career major championship and cap off what was nothing short of a magical day at Oak Hill.
Here's what the Twittersphere had to say about it.
Dufner was magnificent, using an opening-round 68 and a second-round 63 to reach a score of nine-under par through two rounds. Just as his dream was set to become a reality, however, Dufner posted a third-round 71 and temporarily lost his lead.
With a dominant fourth round, those concerns were put to rest and a new champion was born.
Jason Dufner wins the PGA Championship, shoots 2-under (68). #Dufnering may now mean a CLUTCH Sunday round to win your 1st major.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 11, 2013
Perhaps it should.
Dufner made three birdies on the front nine to no bogeys, also sinking a birdie putt on 16. Even with bogeys on 17 and 18, the lead was preserved. Dufner simply needed to avoid a legendary collapse to hold on for the title.
That's exactly what he did.
Dufner may not have been a popular choice to win it all before the tournament had commenced, but we shouldn't be so surprised. This may have been his first career major championship, but the PGA Championship has been a welcome destination for the less accomplished golfers of the world.
Dufner simply continued a trend in 2013.
Jason Dufner is the 4th player in the last 5 years to claim his first career major at the PGA.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 11, 2013
Yang Yong-eun, Martin Kaymer and Keegan Bradley were the other three. None have won a major championship since.
Whether or not Dufner will break that trend is soon to be seen.
If that's not enough for you, try the fact that the PGA Tour has failed to produce a true superstar since Tiger Woods forgot how to be himself. Some have risen, but every power who comes to pass seems to crash down soon after.
Just check the numbers.
PGA Champion @JasonDufner is the 15th 1st-time major winner in the last 19 contested.— Justin Ray (@JRayESPNGolf) August 11, 2013
That's not it.
We have now had 19 different major winners in the last 21 played.— Justin Ray (@JRayESPNGolf) August 11, 2013
In other words, the day of golf dynasties are over—albeit temporarily.
Coming in second behind Dufner was 2003 U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk, who finished at eight under par. Furyk entered the day with that very score, owning the lead and thus taking control of his own destiny.
Unfortunately, Furyk was a victim of a statistical fact: The leader after 54 holes at a major championship is in trouble in 2013.
It appears as if a quality pace is a better friend than a lead.
For as rewarding as Dufner's grit and determination proved to be, few stories were as captivating as the demise of Tiger Woods. Despite winning the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational by seven strokes, he was unable to use that momentum at Oak Hill.
While a majority of his competitors posted scores under par, Woods wasn't so lucky. Instead, he shot a four-over par for the tournament and an even 70 during the final round.
There's something about Oak Hill that Woods can't handle.
Tiger Woods still has never broken par in his 8 competitive rounds played at Oak Hill Country Club.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 11, 2013
That isn't the only fact worth noting when it comes to Tiger's woes.
Tiger Woods is winless in his last 18 majors played.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 11, 2013
Will Woods ever win a major championship again? Right now, it's not looking good.
Then again, if Dufner can do it, why not our generation's greatest?
This was one of the strangest tournaments of the year, as stars such as Tiger, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy never seemed to get it out of second gear. Even when success was approaching, they couldn't put the pedal to the metal and drive to victory.
Instead, they let deficits grow larger and, for Woods and Mickelson, left the car stuck in reverse.
Mere weeks removed from winning the 2013 Open Championship, Mickelson put on one of the worst performances of his career. He finished at 12 over par, failing to break even in a single round and posting a third-round 78.
That's why betting on golf can be so dangerous.
Why I never bet on golf: The two guys in last place, Gary Woodland and Phil Mickelson, combined to win three tournaments in the past month.— Steve Elling (@EllingYelling) August 11, 2013
Darren Clarke ended up finishing as the only player with a score lower than Mickelson or Gary Woodland's, shooting a 16-over par that included a fourth-round 80. Other notable players to shoot eight over or worse include Tim Clark, Sergio Garcia, Vijay Singh and Brandt Snedeker.
Who saw that coming?
After an unpredictable four days in Rochester, N.Y., the PGA Tour has concluded its major championship season. All four events are in the books, with four different players taking home each respective title.
Perhaps it's only right for Dufner to close out the season in such surprising fashion.
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