Jason Dufner held his nerve to clinch his maiden major title with victory at the US PGA Championship at Oak Hill.

The 36-year-old American overhauled countryman Jim Furyk with a final-round 68 to win by two shots at 10 under.

Furyk, 43, led overnight but 71 was not good enough to add to his 2003 US Open.

Henrik Stenson was seven under with fellow Swede Jonas Blixt six under.

Rory McIlroy (70) ended three under, with Lee Westwood three over after 76.

The enigmatic Dufner, a two-time PGA Tour winner, came closest to a major title when he squandered a five-shot lead with four to play on the way to losing to Keegan Bradley in a play-off for the 2011 US PGA title.

But he played imperious golf at Oak Hill on Sunday, hardly hitting a bad shot, to open his major account in upstate New York.

Dufner, who equalled the lowest score in major history with a 63 on Friday, trailed Furyk by one going into the final round, but was sharing the lead with the eight-time Ryder Cup star after a birdie on the fourth and had a two-shot gap after the ninth.

A tentative birdie putt on the 10th, followed by almost missing the next, were virtually the only outward signs of nerves – until both players bogeyed the 17th and 18th – as Dufner maintained his distance on Furyk all the way to the giant Wanamaker trophy.

“I can’t believe this is happening to me,” said Dufner, who is the 18th different winner in the last 20 majors.

“To come back from a couple of years ago in this championship when I lost to Keegan in the play-off, to win feels really, really good. The last two holes were a little unfortunate. I wish I could’ve closed out with no bogeys but I am happy to get the job done. It’s a big step for my career.”

Furyk, who won the last of his 16 titles in 2010, said: “I needed to keep the pedal down and make pars there and keep the pressure on him and I just didn’t do it.

“If I could go back I would have to try and make par at 17 and 18 and try and put some heat on him.”

Stenson and Blixt were bidding to become the first Swedish man to win a major title, but both had up-and-down days and carded rounds of level-par 70.


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