Dufner makes it two in three weeks
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American Jason Dufner holed a 25-foot birdie putt at the last hole to win his second PGA Tour title in three weeks with a dramatic one-shot victory at the Byron Nelson Championship in Irving, Texas on Sunday. Dufner, who made his breakthrough on the circuit at last month's New Orleans Classic, pumped his right fist in celebration as his ball dropped into the cup for a three-under-par 67. That gave him an 11-under total of 269 at the TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas, one better than compatriot Dicky Pride, who had drained a 22-foot par putt on the 18th green moments earlier for a matching 67.
JJ Henry, who had led by one shot with two holes to play, had to settle for a share of third at nine under after closing with a 68. Henry finished level with fellow American Joe Durant (65), Australian Marc Leishman (66) and Swede Jonas Blixt (66).
Five players held at least a share of the lead in an action-packed final round but the ice-cool Dufner broke clear of the pack with a two-putt birdie at the par-five 16th followed by his long-range effort at the last.
"A lot of things were going on with the leaderboard, it kind of got jumbled up a little bit and bunched up at the top," a beaming Dufner said greenside.
"Luckily I had a nice chance there on 18 to close it out. It was a little bit right-to-left putt, downhill. I just had a really good feel for that putt." Dufner, who had led by one stroke overnight before being caught by his challengers early in the final round, was delighted to avoid going into a playoff.
"I've been in a couple of playoffs now and I kind of wanted to close this one out," he said after the victory.
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