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PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Jason Dufner doesn't have the same set of skills as Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott, though his career has shared the same path — from a memorable collapse at a major championship to redemption in pretty short order.
And in this sport, redemption doesn't always come easily. Just ask Dustin Johnson or Thomas Bjorn. There's an even longer list of players who gave away majors in the final hour and never so much as earned another shot, such as Ed Sneed or Mike Reid.
There was reason to believe Dufner might be part of the latter group.
Go back just two years to Atlanta Athletic Club to find Dufner standing on the 15th tee with the PGA Championship in his hands. He was four shots clear of Anders Hansen and five ahead of Keegan Bradley, who had just made a triple bogey on the par-3 15th.
What followed was painful to watch.
Dufner hit into the water and made bogey on the 15th. He hit into a bunker right of the 16th and made bogey. He hit the middle of the 17th green and still made bogey with a three-putt. Bradley answered with back-to-back birdies to catch Dufner, and then beat him in a playoff.
"Maybe looking back 10, 15 years from now, I'll feel disappointment that I let this one get away if I never get another chance," Dufner said that day.
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