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Aug 15, 2013

PGA Championship eyes likely July date in 2016

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – With last week’s PGA Championship at Oak Hill now consigned to the record books, organizers are preparing for the prospect of a July date when the 2016 edition of the year’s final major is staged.

The PGA Championship usually takes place in early August but, with golf reappearing as an Olympic sport at the 2016 Games after an absence of more than a century, the schedule for the four majors that year is almost certain to be revamped.

Aug 12, 2013

Dufner’s Oak Hill win underlines golf’s depth in strength

ROCHESTER, New York (Reuters) – ‘Ordinary looking’ Jason Dufner struck a chord with club players everywhere while also underscoring the extraordinary depth in the modern game with his impressive victory at the PGA Championship on Sunday.

With his characteristic pre-swing waggle and an almost disinterested demeanour, the American does not fit the mould of a golfing superstar yet proved to be the best player on the planet at Oak Hill with a brilliant display of ball-striking.

Aug 12, 2013

Jason Dufner conquers Oak Hill for first major title

ROCHESTER, New York (Reuters) – American Jason Dufner erased memories of his heart-breaking late collapse two years ago when he clinched his first major title by two shots in the 95th PGA Championship on Sunday.

One stroke behind playing partner Jim Furyk overnight, the ultra-laidback Dufner produced some scintillating approach play on the way to a two-under-par 68 and a 10-under total of 268 on the challenging Oak Hill Country Club.

Aug 12, 2013

No regrets for Furyk after runner-up finish at Oak Hill

ROCHESTER, New York (Reuters) – Jim Furyk has endured his share of agonizing close calls at the majors but said he would reflect on a week of positives after finishing second to Jason Dufner at the PGA Championship on Sunday.

The PGA Tour veteran had led by one shot going into the final round at Oak Hill Country Club but was outplayed by his fellow American Dufner, who carded a two-under-par 68 to claim his first major title by two strokes.

Aug 12, 2013

Dufner conquers Oak Hill for first major title

ROCHESTER, New York (Reuters) – American Jason Dufner erased memories of his heart-breaking late collapse two years ago when he clinched his first major title by two shots in the 95th PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club on Sunday.

One stroke behind playing partner Jim Furyk overnight, the ultra-laidback Dufner produced some scintillating approach play on the way to a two-under-par 68 and a 10-under total of 268 on the challenging East Course.

Aug 11, 2013

Dufner wins PGA Championship by two shots

ROCHESTER, New York (Reuters) – American Jason Dufner erased memories of his stunning late collapse two years ago when he clinched his first major title by two shots in the 95th PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club on Sunday.

One stroke behind playing partner Jim Furyk overnight, the ultra-laidback Dufner produced some scintillating approach play on the way to a two-under-par 68 and a 10-under total of 268 on the challenging East Course.

Aug 11, 2013

Dufner two ahead of Furyk at PGA Championship

ROCHESTER, New York (Reuters) – Jason Dufner opened up a two-shot lead over playing partner Jim Furyk with nine holes remaining in Sunday’s final round as the PGA Championship appeared to be heading for a gripping finish.

A stroke behind Furyk overnight, the ultra-laidback Dufner produced some sparkling approach play as he covered the front nine in three-under 32 to reach the turn at 11 under for the tournament.

Aug 11, 2013

Golf-Woods ends poor week before leaders tee off

ROCHESTER, New York, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Tiger Woods ended a forgettable week at the PGA Championship with a level-par 70 in Sunday’s final round at Oak Hill Country Club, finishing well before overnight leader Jim Furyk was set to tee off.

Bidding to end a five-year title drought at the majors, Woods recovered from a shaky outward nine as he came home in three-under 32 but his overall total of four-over 284 left him a distant 13 strokes off the pace.

Aug 11, 2013

Tougher challenge at sunny Oak Hill for final round

ROCHESTER, New York (Reuters) – Warm, sunny weather and quickening greens greeted the early starters in Sunday’s final round at the PGA Championship as overnight leader Jim Furyk prepared for a mid-afternoon teeoff.

Only seven players were under par for the day in the early going at Oak Hill Country Club where British Open champion Phil Mickelson, second-last in a field of 75 after the third round, was two over after 15 holes.

Aug 11, 2013

PGA Championship contender Dufner stays in his own zone

ROCHESTER, New York (Reuters) – Given that golfers talk about being ‘in the zone’ when challenging for a major title, Jason Dufner fits the role to a tee at this week’s PGA Championship with his laid-back, almost comatose, demeanour.

Renowned for unflappable persona, American Dufner shrugged off a potentially damaging double-bogey at the par-four fifth and, with barely a change in his facial expression or body language, eked out a one-over-par 71 in Saturday’s third round.