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  • WGT GOLF UPDATE: Dufner Wins First Career PGA TOUR Title at Zurich Classic

    30 Apr 2012

    Jason Dufner got his first career PGA Tour title this weekend at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, beating Ernie Els with a birdie in the second playoff on the par-5 18th. In the first playoff hole, both missed birdie putts within 8 feet of the hole, but Dufner won the second playoff hole by making a short birdie putt after Els missed his birdie attempt.

    According to our Facebook Poll over the weekend, only about 18% of people picked Dufner for the win. Understandable, as this was his first title in 164 starts on the PGA Tour. Entering the final round on Sunday, the three-time runner-up on the tour had just a 2 shot lead over the field but was able to hang on for the win.

    Dufner called his win a "great wedding present" for himself and his fiancee -- who are getting married next weekend. He commented that, "[Weddings are] a little more expensive than I thought or had imagined. ...It'll be a big celebration not only for our marriage but also for my first victory out on the tour."

    Luke Donald shot a 67 to finish in third place at 17 under, and moved past Rory McIlroy for the #1 spot in the official world golf ranking. Defending Zurich Classic champ and 2012 Masters winner Bubba Watson shot a 65 on Saturday, but finished tied for 18th place at -11.

    Final Leaderboard

    Photo credit: Derick E. Hingle/US Presswire

     

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