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No problem, right?

Wrong.

Suddenly, the guy who had been unflappable couldn’t hit it straight. He put his tee shot at 15 in the water and made bogey. He put his approach at 16 in a bunker and made another bogey. Finally, he needed three putts to get down at 17 - a third straight bogey.

Playing up ahead in the next-to-last group, Bradley bounced back from his triple bogey with two straight birdies. When a 35-foot putt disappeared into the cup at the 17th, he broke into a Tiger-like celebration - the left hand holding up his club, the right hand delivering a furious fist pump.

Dufner was watching all that from the elevated tee box. He sensed his title might be slipping away.

When it was done, he seemed more numb than disappointed. It might take a while for this one to sink in.

“I’m so new at this situation, I don’t know if I appreciate it as much as I will,” Dufner said.