Round 4 Recap: 2012 HP Byron Nelson Championship


The Duffman comes through with a 25 foot birdie putt on the last hole to win the 2012 HP Byron Nelson Championship.  With roughly five holes left in regulation for the last group, there was a 5 way tie for first. J.J. Henry, who had an early hole-in-one, was in the lead at 11 under after consecutive birdies at Nos. 15 and 16, overcoming a bad tee shot on the first and a greenside bunker on the second to take the sole lead with two to go in regulation. But Henry, in the final group with Dufner, hit his tee shot at the par-3 17th over the green into the collection area.  After his chip rolled to the front of the green. The former TCU star lost the lead with a double bogey after missing his  a 4-foot putt for bogey slid just outside the cup.

Dicky Pride made a great birdie putt (after watching JJ’s meltdown) on 17 to get himself into a tie for the lead with Dufner at -10 under.  Fast forward to 18, and a 25 foot par putt to be the first in the clubhouse at ten under (which he makes).  The only hicup in Dickey’s plan, is Dufner hitting a 300+ yeard drive on 18, and a solid but safe approach shot, and then draining the putt.  No one can now say that Dufner is not a great putter, or able to finish on the weekend (the Chicgo Golf Guy included).  Jason is apperantly our second two time winner this year on the PGA Tour.  I had it in my head that no one had one two events this year, but Hunter Mahan has.  Although one was a World Golf event, so technically I am right??? Either way congradulations to Jason.

Jason Dufner lets his emotions show on the 72nd hole after draining a 25 footer for birdie to win the tournament.  Did anyone see Jason’s fist pump and huge smile after his birdie putt went in.  I know for most guys, a grinning fist pump is the norm when winning a tournament, but the stoic Dufner is not the normal PGA Tour player when it comes to his emotions.  He is normally very calm cool and collected (almost boring some might say).  But he definitely let a little come out after sinking that putt on the 72nd to win the tournament.  It makes this golfer like the Dufster even more now, not to mention he has played the best on the PGA Tour so far this season. Hands Down.

The last Four weeks for Dufner included Two PGA Tour Victories and getting Married, not too bad.

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