2nd May, 2012
Jason Dufner two-putted from 60 feet for a birdie on the second playoff hole to defeat Ernie Els and won his first PGA title in 163 attempts by capturing the Zurich Classic.
There was heartache for South African icon Els, a three-time major champion whose win drought of more than two years continues. But there was elation for the usually stoic American at taking home the $1.15 million top prize from the $6.4 million event and snapping a career win drought that included squandering a late lead at the 2011 PGA Championship.
“It was a tough day. Ernie put up a good number,” Dufner said. “It has been tough getting that first win out here. Six years now. It feels good getting the monkey off my back.”
England’s Luke Donald fired a 67 to finish third on 271, two strokes out of the playoff but well enough to return him to the World Number. 1 ranking.