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Dufner sinks monster birdie putt on the last to win Byron Nelson Championship


Jason Dufner sunk a 25-foot birdie putt on the last hole to win his second PGA Tour title in three weeks by a one-shot margin over Dicky Pride in the Byron Nelson Championship.

Dufner, who won his first event in 162 starts in the New Orleans Classic three weeks ago, was visibly ecstatic and pumped his right fist in celebration as his putt dropped on the last to make it two wins in three weeks.

His final-round 3-under 67 gave him an 11-under total, one better than compatriot Dicky Pride, who had had a 22-foot putt for par on the last, which he also drained to match Dufner’s 67.

JJ Henry, who had led by one shot with two holes to play, had to settle for a share of third on 9-under after closing with a 68. Joe Durant (65), Australian Marc Leishman (66) and Swede Jonas Blixt (66) all shared third with Henry.

Five players held at least a share of the lead in an action-packed final round, but Dufner cool, calm and collected approach to the came shone through in the end.

“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 shot overnight before being caught by the field 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 smiled.

It has been a life-changing three-week run for Dufner, who married his girlfriend Amanda on the Saturday after his triumph at the New Orleans Classic as well.

“It’s been a great month for both us,” he said. “Two wins in a month and to get married on top of it all. You couldn’t really ask for much more, personally or professionally.”

World number 10 Phil Mickelson made a late charge with four consecutive birdies from the fifth but he finished bogey-bogey for a 66 in a tie for seventh with fellow American Ken Duke (66) at six under.