Jason Dufner was born on this day in 1977. An American professional golfer who currently plays on the PGA Tour. He is a two-time winner on the PGA Tour and was runner-up at the 2011 PGA Championship in a playoff to Keegan Bradley.
At the 2011 PGA Championship in Atlanta, Dufner was in contention to win his first major and maiden PGA Tour title, when he entered the final round in the last group and tied for the lead with Brendan Steele at seven under par. Dufner completed the front nine in 33, two under par, while playing partner Steele dropped four shots early on and fell out of contention. Dufner held the lead for most of the final round and was bogey-free through 14 holes. After his nearest challenger, Keegan Bradley, made triple bogey on the 15th, Dufner had a five-stroke advantage with four holes to play. Dufner then hit his tee shot on 15 into the water hazard right of the green on the par three. He got up and down from the drop zone to make bogey, but followed this with bogeys at 16 and 17. Meanwhile, Bradley scored back-to-back birdies on 16 and 17 to take the clubhouse lead at eight under, wiping out Dufner’s advantage. Dufner parred the 18th and the two American players went into a three-hole aggregate playoff.
On the first playoff hole, both players hit their approach shots to 16 within a few feet. Bradley made his birdie put, while Dufner missed his birdie, allowing Bradley to take a one-stroke advantage to the 17th. Both players found the green from the tee, and while Bradley two-putted for his par, Dufner knocked his first putt well past the hole, and three-putted the green to fall two strokes behind with one to play. At the last hole, Bradley’s second shot cleared the water by a few yards; Dufner then followed with a shot on the same line and made his birdie putt. Bradley only needed to two-putt for the championship, which he did. This was Dufner’s best major finish, winning $865,000 of the purse, with both of his career high finishes in majors coming at the PGA Championship. With his second place finish, he rose to 38th in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR).