Jason Dufner celebrated his first career major by giving his wife Amanda a pat on the backside.
Dufner, 36, shot a final-round 68 at Oak Hill on Sunday to capture the PGA Championship, which was his first major title. He held off Jim Furyk by two strokes, making the most of a superb 63 he shot in the second round on Friday.
The former Auburn walk-on has been playing strong golf since marrying longtime girlfriend Amanda Boyd in May 2012. He won the Byron Nelson last year, finished second at the Colonial, and finished a career-best tied for fourth at the US Open. This year, he finished tied for fourth at the US Open. His 63 on Friday tied the record for lowest round at a major and set the course record at Oak Hill Country Club.
And who was there waiting to congratulate him after his championship on Sunday? Lovely Amanda.
She must be his key to success.
The two were introduced by a friend while Dufner was on tour and Boyd was still a student at Alabama (yes, they are from rival colleges). According to a feature on their wedding, Boyd hoped that Dufner would propose to her after she graduated from school in 2010. But after he found out that she knew he was going to propose, he delayed it for a while so that he could surprise her. He proposed the week of July 4th in 2011, and the two married less than two years later.
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