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Wait. Who Won the PGA Championship?


So you’re telling me this guy plays golf?

Action at the PGA Championship just wrapped up and the winner wasn’t Tiger Woods, who was the favorite coming off his big win at the WGC-Bridgestone last weekend. He finished tied for 40th at +4 for the week, although he did finish better than he has in recent Majors, having shot even for par at 70 on Saturday and Sunday.

He just didn’t start as well.

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It wasn’t Irishman Rory McIlroy either. Then again, he did bust out of that nasty slump he’s been mired in since winning the PGA Championship back in 2012. McIlroy tied for 8th place with Americans Dustin Johnson and Zach Johnson at -3, having failed to make any headway in the final round. Like Woods he shot even for par at 70.

At least McIlroy had something positive to take away from the tournament, unlike Phil Mickelson who definitely didn’t win.

Coming off his stunning victory at the British Open last month, there was absolutely no chance of rebounding from his performance in the third round. He shot a 78 on Friday and finished two over on Saturday and Sunday. At +12 Mickelson finished tied in 72nd place with Italian Matteo Manassero, which was third to last of the players who actually made the cut.

With a performance like that he probably wishes he hadn’t made the cut.

The winner was Jason Dufner, an American who has been playing professionally for 13 years, with only has a handful of PGA wins to show for his trouble. A handful being five, which averages out to a win every 2.5 years for his career.

This was his first major win, but it didn’t come completely out of nowhere. Dufner has gotten pretty close on a few occasions in recent years, including 4th place finishes at the U.S. Open in both 2012 and 2013.

Despite tying the course record of 65 in the first round on Wednesday, Dufner actually started Sunday two strokes behind leader Jim Furyk, another American. The two were neck-and-neck throughout the week, but Dunfer made up three strokes on Saturday and pulled ahead by two in the final round to finish at -10.

This was the last chance to win a Major in 2013 for Tiger Woods, who is 0-18 since winning the U.S. Open in 2008 and still four behind Jack Nicklaus’ total of 14. His next chance will be eight months from now at the 2014 Masters, which will be held at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10-13.

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