Golf: Dufner's round of 63 places him in PGA record book

2013-08-10T00:00:00Z Golf: Dufner's round of 63 places him in PGA record bookThe Associated Press The Associated Press
August 10, 2013 12:00 am  • 

PITTSFORD - Jason Dufner lost his chance to make history in the PGA Championship.

And then he lost his shirt.

He still walked away from Oak Hill late Friday evening with a round he won't forget - a 63 - and a place in the record book with some of golf's greatest players. The moment was big enough that Dufner even agreed to show a little emotion.

Prompted in a television interview, Dufner flashed a smile. But only for a second.

"To join history, to shoot 63 in a major, pretty unbelievable," he said. "And to be leading the tournament, even better. So hopefully, it will propel me to a great weekend."

Dufner holed out from the fairway for eagle, rolled in a putt across the green for par and kept making birdies until he stood 12 feet away from a shot at the lowest score in the 153 years of championship golf. One last birdie attempt didn't even get to the hole, and Dufner had to settle for a 7-under 63.

"You couldn't have a better putt for a 62," he said. "And I left it short in the jar."

He also left behind his shirt, his cap and the glove he was wearing, which he signed with the date, the course and the score. The PGA of America shipped the items to its museum in Florida to put on permanent display.

It was the third time in the last seven years at the PGA Championship that a player had a putt at becoming the first player to shoot 62 in a major.

On a rain-softened Oak Hill, where pelt-sized divots were flying and birdies were falling, Dufner surged to a two-shot lead over Masters champion Adam Scott, ex-UA Wildcat Jim Furyk and Matt Kuchar. At 9-under 131, Dufner tied the 36-hole record at the PGA Championship he now shares with six other players.

His 63 broke the course record at Oak Hill held by Ben Hogan, Curtis Strange and Webb Simpson, who shot 64 about five hours earlier. Dufner became the 24th player to shoot 63 in a major. Tiger Woods, who shot a 70, is 10 shots behind Duffner.

U.S. Women's Amateur

CHARLESTON - Taiwan's Doris Chen beat Lauren Diaz-Yi 4 and 3 on Friday in the U.S. Women's Amateur quarterfinals.

In June in the Public Links, Diaz-Yi, from Thousand Oaks, Calif., routed Chen 10 and 9.

Chen, 20, a member of USC's NCAA championship team, will face 17-year-old Yueer Cindy Feng of Orlando, Fla., today at the Country Club of Charleston.

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