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PGA Tour Confidential: Jason Dufner wins the PGA Championship

Jason Dufner
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Jason Dufner shot a final-round 68 to win the PGA by two shots for his first career major title.

Every Sunday night, the editorial staff of the SI Golf Group conducts an e-mail roundtable. Check in every week for the unfiltered opinions of our writers and editors and join the conversation in the comments section below.

1. Jason Dufner did it all this week: tied the major scoring record on Friday and played nearly flawless pressure golf on Sunday to win by two. What impressed you most about Dufner this week?

Cameron Morfit, senior writer, Golf Magazine: I love his swing, and that he's not static before he hits the ball, but what impressed me most about him this week was how straight he hit it and how crazy accurate he was with his irons Sunday. I'm sure it's happened before, but I don't know if I've ever seen a guy have three tap-in birdies when he's in contention on the final day of a major.

Gary Van Sickle, senior writer, Sports Illustrated: You have to be impressed with The Duff's total command of his ball-striking and his swing. He didn't miss many shots in four rounds. He was so comfortable in his swing that the pressure never bothered him. The putter, now that's a different story.

Eamon Lynch, managing editor, His ball-striking and unflappable demeanor under pressure was impressive, but his ability to marry out of his league was truly outstanding.

Mark Godich, senior editor, Sports Illustrated: His play on Sunday. That was a ball-striking clinic. Considering that the longest birdie putt he made was about four feet and the pressure he was playing under, I would argue that his final-round 68 was every bit as good as his Friday 63.

Michael Bamberger, senior writer, Sports Illustrated: The thing that impresses me most was how Dufner kept his game-face on. Calling Oscar!

Jeff Ritter, senior producer, The irons he hit on Sunday were just so good -- it seemed like he never had to sweat over a five-footer all day long.

Joe Passov, senior editor, travel, Golf Magazine: He looked so much like he did in 2011 and 2012, it made me wonder where on earth he has been in 2013. What impressed me most were the super-solid drives he struck late in the round, especially because he wasn't able to draw on recent successes. Given the nightmare finish he endured at the 2011 PGA, this was great stuff.

2. With Adam Scott, Justin Rose and Jason Dufner all off the board in 2013, who is the best player without a major?

Godich: It's still Lee Westwood. He's just too good a ball-striker to still be on the outside looking in.

Ritter: Steve Stricker was somewhere on this list for a number of years, and even though he's now 46 and working a limited schedule, he finished top-20 in each of the three majors he played this year. He's moved to the top of my list, but there's also a co-leader: Jason Day. Check out Day's major season: Masters, 3rd. U.S. Open T2, British T32, PGA T8. He's still only 25 and has plenty of time -- Stricker's another story.

Lynch: Lee Westwood. Unless we're counting the Sean Foley-era Tiger as a different player to the Tiger of the Butch Harmon and Hank Haney eras. If we are, it's him.

Van Sickle: The best player without a major, based on current form, might be Henrik Stenson, although his run has been recent. I could make a case for Jason Day, too, who needs to work on finishing better in the big events. But I'm going with two-time 2013 winner Matt Kuchar despite his weekend plummet here. He's like Johnny Carson, he'll be right back.

Bamberger: Westwood. By a nose over Garcia. Unless it's the other way around.

Passov: Ten years ago, Sergio Garcia had so much talent and so much potential, it's almost impossible to think he hasn't won one of these. Too much head case, I guess.

Morfit: I'm actually going to elevate Henrik Stenson to that list, bumping Lee Westwood from the top spot. Stenson finished solo second at the British and solo third at the PGA. The guy is a terror, tee to green, and he's back from a major mid-career slump.

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