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Dufner takes PGA trophy

Dufner won his first major title with a two stroke victory over Jim Furyk.

FILE: Jason Dufner. Picture: AFP

NEW YORK - American Jason Dufner clinched his first major title by two shots in the 95th PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club on Sunday.

One stroke behind playing partner Jim Furyk overnight, Dufner produced some brilliant approach play on the way to a two-under-par 68 and a 10-under total of 268 on the challenging East Course.

The 36-year-old Dufner seized control with three birdies on the front nine and shut the door on his rivals with a steely display of safety-first golf over the difficult closing stretch

A stunning approach to a foot at the par-four 16th earned him his fourth birdie of the day and he could afford the luxury of bogeys at 17 and 18, two of the toughest holes on the course, as he secured his third victory on the PGA Tour.

After putting out on the 18th green, Dufner retrieved his ball from the hole before lifting both arms waist-high in celebration with his eyes closed.

He was warmly embraced by his wife Amanda just off the green, followed by his good friend Keegan Bradley, the 2011 champion.

"It's a tough golf course and it probably hasn't hit me yet. To come back from a couple of years ago in this championship when I lost to Keegan in the playoff, 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."

Former US Open champion Furyk, bidding at the age of 43 to win his first major crown in a decade, signed off with a 71 to finish alone in second place.

Henrik Stenson, aiming to become the first Swedish man to land one of golf's elite titles, closed with a 70 and a seven-under tally, one stroke better than compatriot Jonas Blixt.

Tiger Woods, seeking to end a five-year title drought at the majors, ended a forgettable week at Oak Hill with a 70 to finish halfway down the leaderboard at four-over 284.