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Dufner in shock after losing PGA Championship in playoff

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. (AP) - Jason Dufner never showed much emotion at the PGA Championship. Not when he seemed to have the Wanamaker Trophy in the bag. Not when it all slipped away.

Afterward, he just seemed numb.

Dufner wound up on the wrong end of one of the greatest comebacks in major championship history Sunday. Keegan Bradley overcame a five-shot deficit with three holes left in regulation, then beat Dufner in a three-hole playoff.

The 34-year-old Dufner had never won on the PGA Tour, yet was poised to win one of the biggest events of all. He went to the 15th four strokes ahead of the field and five up on Bradley, who had just made triple bogey at the same hole.

But the former Auburn University Tiger collapsed, making three straight bogeys. Bradley forced the playoff with two birdies in a row.

"You know, it's probably not the finish I was looking forward to," Dufner said, "but if you told me I'd play those holes even par for the week, I probably would have taken it at the beginning. I'm a little disappointed right now, especially 16 and 17, those are the ones that kind of stick out to me.

The second place finish gives Dufner five Top Ten finishes in his 18 starts.

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