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Duf has the stuff: Dufner wins PGA Championship

Jason Dufner finally blew away the two-year-old ghosts of Atlantic Athletic Club with a redemptive PGA Championship triumph at Oak Hill on Sunday.

Having blown a five shot lead at the same tournament in 2011, choking with just four holes left to lose to Keegan Bradley, the 36-year-old was due a win on the biggest stage, and so it proved as he nailed a 2-under par 68 for two stroke victory over playing partner and compatriot Jim Furyk.

"I can't believe this is happening to me," said Dufner, who is the 18th different winner in the last 20 majors.

"To come back from a couple of years ago in this championship when I lost to Keegan in the play-off, to win feels really, really good. The last two holes were a little unfortunate. I wish I could've closed out with no bogeys but I am happy to get the job done. It's a big step for my career."

The two-time PGA Tour winner had already made the headlines over the weekend with a second-round, course record-breaking 63, and the feat gave him plenty of lee-way for subsequent rounds, enough to give him a relatively relaxed finish on Sunday.

“For whatever reason today, I felt really comfortable,” said Dufner, whose takes home the Wannamaker Trophy in addition to a winner's cheque for $1.445 million. “I felt really calm and felt like I could do it. I felt like I could give myself a chance and pull this out.”

Meanwhile, Tiger Woods' quest for major number 15 will have to wait till next year, the golfing icon could only finish tied for 40th as his search for Jack Nicklaus' record goes into a sixth year.

"I've been there in half of them so that's about right. If you are going to be in there three-quarters or half of them with a chance to win on the back nine, you have just got to get it done," said Woods.

"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."

And at Oak Hill, it all went right for Dufner.

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