August 10, 2013 It doesn’t matter weather Jason Dufner wins at the Oak Hills or not, but he has certainly made his mark in the history. Dufner tied a major championship scoring record with a 7-under 63 to take a two-shot lead halfway through the PGA Championship.
“To join history, to shoot a 63 in a major, pretty unbelievable,” Dufner said. “And to be leading the tournament, even better,” He added.
Dufner is 24th player to shoot 63 in a major, and it was the 26th time that it has happened overall on such a stage.
Nevertheless, no one had ever done it at Oak Hills as Dufner bumped off the course record set by Hogan, Curtis Strange and Webb Simpson, whose 64 came only a few hours earlier.
Just a day earlier Adam Scott, who is in a three-way tie for second with Matt Kuchar and Jim Furyk, scared the record book as well.
[highlight] I know the history of major championships, so I knew that nobody had shot 62 [/highlight]
The rain laden second day at Oak Hills saw the Dufner magic spell cast all over. As the game’s best ball-strikers was striking on Friday, it was hard to tell if he was using golf balls or darts in his near-historic round.
The only thing that softened the day was that he left his 12-foot putt for birdie on the final hole 2 feet short and had to settle for being part of a club rather than in his own.
“I know the history of major championships, so I knew that nobody had shot 62,” Dufner said. “I knew where I stood and you couldn’t have a better putt for a chance at history on the last hole, but I just didn’t quite hit it hard enough. Probably the worst putt I hit of the day, which is a little disappointing.”
That was about all he could be disappointed about.
How good are Dufner’s chances of using Friday as a springboard to his first career major? History, ironically, isn’t on Dufner’s side.
Of the 25 previous times a player has shot 63 in a major, only five have gone on to win. However, Dufner would certainly like to make it to his advantage.