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Monday, August 12, 2013

The Limerick Summary: 2013 PGA Championship

Winner: Jason Dufner

Around the wider world of golf: Emma Talley won the US Women's Amateur; Ann-Kathrin Lindner won the Honma Pilsen Golf Masters on the LET; Katy Harris won the IOA Golf Classic on the Symetra Tour; and Andrew Svoboda won the Price Cutter Charity Championship on the Web.com Tour.

No Dufnering with the Wanamaker Trophy!

We'll ALL be Dufnering now.

I don't even know how to begin this post. As I said in an earlier post, I spent last week in Disneyworld with friends. We made it back Sunday (we split the trip back over two days) in time for me to see most of the CBS coverage. The golf was as good as anything we've seen this year.

There was no backing into a victory this week. Jason Dufner set a new course record Friday, then REALLY started striping his shots. He split 20-yard wide fairways with his driver. He hit 3 of his approach shots to tap-in range on Sunday. He made important par-saving putts. True, he bogeyed the final two holes but he STILL posted a 2-under 68, the lowest final round ever posted by a major winner at Oak Hill.

His pursuers came after him. Jim Furyk, who finished 2nd, played a solid round but just couldn't make up ground. Other players made decent runs but were too far back to start and had to press to try and catch up; it resulted in meltdowns on the final 3 holes. Henrik Stenson (3rd) and Jonas Blixt (4th) gave Sweden some of their best finishes ever... for the men, that is. (I still think the pairing of Stenson and Blixt sounds more like a TNT police series.) The entire top of the leaderboard looked like a who's-who of the game.

And then Dufner got the win at a course where his idol Ben Hogan couldn't get it done. And when he did, who was there to greet him? Keegan Bradley, who beat him in a playoff at the PGA two years ago. If I understand it right, Bradley had already left the course when he heard that Dufner was going to get it done and nearly got a traffic ticket racing back to the course to see it.

All-in-all, it was almost a too perfect ending for the 2013 major season. So what more can I say? Just this...

This week's Limerick Summary salutes the most famous "Dufnerer" of all.
Oak Hill’s vegetation was deep and thick;
It ended most players’ dreams really quick!
But Duff wasn’t sleeping—
He DROVE them to weeping
And mowed down the field with his biggest stick.
The photo came from the PGA Championship homepage at majorschampionships.com.

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