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Continued: Dufner redeemed in a sport that doesn't guarantee paybacks

  • Article by: DOUG FERGUSON , Associated Press
  • Last update: August 12, 2013 - 11:52 PM

Bjorn appeared to have the 2003 British Open wrapped up until it took him three shots to get out of a pot bunker next to the 16th green and he finished one behind Ben Curtis. Bjorn didn't get another look at a major until the same course — Royal St. George's — eight years later. He finished fourth.

Johnson already has let three chances get away in the majors, the most memorable his 82 in the final round at Pebble Beach in the 2010 U.S. Open. He also had trouble recognizing a bunker on the 18th hole in the 2010 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits that cost him a spot in a playoff, and he was closing in on a claret jug a year later until his attempt to lay up with a 2-iron went out-of-bounds.

Johnson is the type who will be there again.

Dufner could not afford to waste another opportunity, especially not one that came along this quickly.

The guy who doesn't show any emotion also has thick skin. He has been bantering with Bradley on Twitter the last two years, and Dufner has taken his share of the needle. That's what made him appreciate his win at Oak Hill all the more.

"He always jabbed at me a little bit about having one of these in his house," Dufner said, sitting next to the Wanamaker Trophy. "And now I've got one, too. It's pretty neat to come back and win a PGA, to be honest with you."

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