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August 12, 2013

Former Auburn golfer, Dufner, holds off Furyk at PGA for 1st major title

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As it was, there was nothing too dramatic about the final two hours.

Just as one would expect from the guy who gave us "Dufnering."

"I would say I was pretty flat-lined for most of the day," he said. "For whatever reason, I felt really comfortable, really calm, and felt like I could do it."

Until the final major of 2013, Dufner had endured a mostly forgettable year. His most noteworthy moment came in April, when he was caught on camera during a charity appearance at an elementary school — sitting on the floor, propped up against a wall of the classroom, arms rigidly at his side, a dazed look on his face.

It turned out to be his calling card.

"Ran with it and it helped me a lot," Dufner said. "I got a lot of fans because of it and people identified with me through it."

Down a stroke to Furyk at the start of the round, and all even as they went to the eighth hole, Dufner knocked his approach shot past the flag and spun the ball back in his direction, watching it roll to a stop about a foot from the cup for as easy a birdie as you're likely to see. Or, more accurate, would see three times on this day. That's how well Dufner was striking the ball.

At the ninth, Dufner pulled off a nifty up-and-down to save par, while Furyk wasted a tee shot in the fairway and made bogey. Suddenly, the margin was two shots as they made the turn.

That's how it remained, all the way around the back nine, as the two guys in the final group posted the exact same score on every hole.

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