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Dufner gamely tries to defend PGA Championship

Dufner gamely tries to defend PGA Championship

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A year ago, Jason Dufner ambled around Oak Hill Country Club, winning his first major championship and hearts of golf fans introduced to the relaxed concept of Dufnering.

Dufner's goals for the 96th PGA Championship, which begins Thursday at Valhalla Golf Club, are more modest.

"Get through 72 holes," he said.

Dufner's victory lap has turned into a slog complete with a July 28 epidural to combat an arthritic, degenerative issue in his neck. Still, Dufner said he never considered skipping this event because defending his title is important and, currently sitting eighth in the point standings, he wants to make the Ryder Cup...