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PGA Championship in review

8/12/2013 - Golf

Jason Dufner fairwayed and greened his way to his first major championship at the 95th PGA just two years after losing the same tournament in a playoff to Keegan Bradley. So, what's next for the stoic Auburn Tiger? And what moment was most crucial to that career-defining victory?

Our scribes answer those questions and more in this week's edition of Monday Four-Ball.

1. True or false: Jason Dufner will win another major championship.

Farrell Evans, ESPN.com senior golf writer: True. Dufner is a great ball striker and is very accurate with his driver. He's not the best putter on tour, but if he hits it close with his irons the way he did Sunday at Oak Hill, he won't have to worry much about those mind-bending 6- to 8-footers for par.

Bob Harig, ESPN.com senior golf writer: False. It's harsh, but winning majors is difficult, and getting the opportunity comes along only so often. It wouldn't surprise me to see Dufner win another major, but, if pressed, I'd go against it, simply because we've had a slew of first-time major winners the past five years.

Ian O'Connor, ESPNNewYork.com senior columnist: True. I think his barely conscious temperament is perfect for major championship golf. I say Dufnering will be all the craze at at least one more major.

Gene Wojciechowski, ESPN.com senior national columnist: Sure, why not? You can make the argument that he should have two majors -- the one he blew in 2011, and this one. Love his swing. Love his attitude.

2. What was the make-or-break moment for Jason Dufner in his victory?

Farrell Evans: The 3-footer for par on the first hole was a critical moment in his final round. From there, he seemed to be in control of the putter he had struggled with the previous couple of days. He knew his putting -- not his ballstriking -- was going to keep him from winning.

Bob Harig: His birdie at the 16th hole. It matched the one made by Jim Furyk, and it kept a 2-shot lead going to the treacherous closing holes.

Ian O'Connor: Ninth hole, where Furyk was the first to blink, making the first bogey of the pairing. That gave Dufner a sudden jolt of confidence, and a 2-shot lead he'd never surrender.

Gene Wojciechowski: Dufner said it was a 3-foot putt he made early in his round. He said he basically "flatlined'' after that, meaning that he turned into the Dufner we know and love: calm, the king of the deadpan look. It also helped that he hit fairways and hit lots of killer iron shots.

3. Are you buying or selling Jim Furyk stock at this point in his career?

Farrell Evans: Furyk is still a top player. I'm buying the idea that there are not more than 10 players better than him right now in the world from tee to green. He should get 20 wins before his career is done.

Bob Harig: Selling. This was a great effort by Furyk, who suffered nothing but heartbreak last year and was having a poor 2013 until just recently. But it is tough to envision anything more than a few token appearances at the top of major leaderboards going forward.

Ian O'Connor: Selling. Phil Mickelson just proved that 43-year-olds can win majors, but Phil has a lot more game in his bag than Furyk does. I think Jimbo goes down as a one-and-done.

Gene Wojciechowski: If Furyk were a stock, I'd keep him. He's 43, the same age as Phil Mickelson. I'm not saying he's Mickelson, but if you spend any time around Furyk, you know he's not counting the days until the Champions Tour. The guy is motivated and one of the great, prideful grinders in the game.

4. What was Tiger Woods' biggest problem at Oak Hill?

Farrell Evans: Confidence. Tiger didn't believe he could win. He's looking for problems with his golf swing, putting or the speed of the greens, when the real issue lies with his mental game. There is no other explanation to explain how he wins a tournament one week and looks lost the next.

Bob Harig: Getting the ball in the fairway. He hit less than half the fairways, and many times it meant having to chip out. Woods made just 10 birdies for the tournament, mostly because he had so few opportunities.

Ian O'Connor: He didn't hit enough fairways and didn't make enough putts. Other than that, he was fantastic. But seriously, his biggest challenge at majors now is mental. Somehow, No. 15 is proving harder to come by than No. 1.

Gene Wojciechowski: Where do we start? He couldn't hit a fairway with a driver, a 3-wood, a fairway wood ... His swing picked the wrong week to have problems. And, by his own admission, he didn't putt well, either. In short, there wasn't one problem, there were multiple issues.