PGA Tour: Jason Dufner Birdies No. 18 To Win Byron Nelson Championship

By: abadam

Jason Dufner made a 25-foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday for a one-stroke victory in the Byron Nelson Championship, his second victory in four weeks.

The winning putt wrapped up a closing three-under 67 for an 11-under 269 total, one ahead of Dicky Pride.

Dufner got his first PGA Tour victory at New Orleans on April 29, then took a week off to get married. He also led alone by one stroke after the second and third rounds at the TPC at Four Seasons course.

Pride, who’s only PGA Tour victory in a 20-year professional career came in 1994, was at 10 under with a par-saving 22-foot putt at No. 18 after hitting his drive into the water.

Moments later, Dufner made a putt that was only a few feet longer but on virtually the same line as the one Pride made to finish his round of 67.

Joe Durant shot a 65 to finish tied for third at 271 with J.J. Henry (68), Marc Leishman (66) and rookie Jonas Blixt (66).

Phil Mickelson, making his first Nelson start in five years, had four straight birdies and went on to a round of 66 to finish four strokes back. He tied for seventh with Ken Duke, who also finished with a 66.

LPGA: Azahara Munoz beat Candie Kung, 2 and 1, to win the Sybase Match Play Championship, a title that was set up when Morgan Pressel was penalized for slow play while leading their semifinal match at Gladstone, N.J. Pressel appeared to take a 3-up lead at the 12th hole, but before she could tee off on No. 13, an official informed her that she had violated the tour’s pace-of-play rule and lost the hole. That dropped her lead to 1-up. Munoz then rallied to beat Pressel, 2 and 1.

European Tour: Nicolas Colsaerts handled fierce winds to top Graeme McDowell and capture the World Match Play Championship in Casares, Spain. McDowell, the 2010 U.S. Open champion, bounced back after being 1 down three times on the front nine, but was frustrated on the closing stretch with his iron play letting him down.

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