Jason Dufner remains defiant

Jason Dufner remains defiant
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Jason Dufner believes his US PGA Championship failure will not hinder his career.

Jason Dufner has insisted that he will not allow his US PGA Championship failure to hinder his career.

The American held a five-shot lead with just four holes remaining on the final day in Atlanta.

However, three straight bogeys set up a play-off with fellow countryman Keegan Bradley, who won the three-hole shoot-out by one shot.

Despite spurning a commanding position, 34-year-old Dufner is determined to take some positives from the competition.

"I knew what was a stake. I was confident with my game, but just didn't quite execute a couple of shots coming in," said Dufner.

"I'm disappointed now, but there's a lot of good things to take from this week.

"I love the competition and I want to be as good as I can be. If that's 20th in world with no majors, first in the world with ten majors or never win a Tour event I'll be fine with that.

"I'm not going to let this define my career. I have a lot of things ahead of me."

Dufner's second place finish has seen him rise to 38 in the world rankings.

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