Dufner holds nerve to claim first ever Major with US PGA victory

Julian Harris
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AMERICA’S Jason Dufner won his first ever Major title at the US PGA Championship late last night, erasing the heartache he suffered at the same event two years ago when he blew a five-shot lead.

Dufner held his nerve yesterday to hit a final round 68 at Oak Hill – finishing 10 under par, two strokes ahead of compatriot Jim Furyk.

Sweden’s Henrik Stenson finished third on seven under par.

Dufner’s victory included an equal lowest score in major history with his 63 on Friday. The 36-year-old from Cleveland bogeyed the final two holes last night, enough to hold onto the lead.

“I just decided that I was going to be confident. I was going to put my best foot forward and try to win this thing,” said a stunned Dufner.

Defending US PGA champion Rory McIlroy could only manage a final round 70, finishing three under par, tied in eighth place.