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PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Equipped with a two-shot lead at the turn, still carrying a few scars from his PGA Championship collapse two years ago, Jason Dufner never showed signs of cracking. No one expected anything else from a player whose popularity comes from his flat-line personality. He merely waved to the gallery when he shot 63 in the second round to tie a major championship record. He didnt show much of a pulse Sunday as he matched scores with Jim Furyk at every hole on the back nine of Oak Hill. Only after Dufner tapped in for a bogey on the 18th hole to win the PGA Championship did he crack a smile, raise both arms and give a slight pump of the fist, saving all that emotion for a grand occasion. Major champion. Dufner cant think of any other athlete who plays with so little emotion. "But those sports are a little more exciting -- big plays in basketball, home runs in baseball, big plays in football. That will get you pumped up," he said. "For me, golf is a little bit more boring. I hit it in the fairway or I didnt. Usually Im struggling with the putter, so theres not too much to get excited about with that." His name on the Wanamaker Trophy? That was worth a smile. "Nobody can take that away from me," Dufner said after he closed with a 2-under 68 for a two-shot win over Furyk. "Its a great accomplishment for me, and Im really excited about it." Dufner wasnt sure he would get another chance after the PGA Championship two years ago in Atlanta, where he blew a four-shot lead with four holes to play and lost in a playoff to Keegan Bradley. But he wasnt about to let this one get away. Dufner won by playing a brand of golf that matches the bland expression on his face. It wasnt exciting. It didnt need to be. Dufner finished the front nine with six straight one-putt greens, and then delivered a steady diet of fairways and greens. He putted for birdie on every hole on the back nine until the last hole. He calmly rolled a 10-foot par putt toward the cup and tapped it in. "Theres not much to celebrate from 6 inches or less, but it was nice to have that short of a putt," he said. "It was a perfect ending for me." The turning point at Oak Hill was the final two holes -- on the front nine. Dufner made a short birdie on the eighth hole to take a one-shot lead, and Furyk made bogey on the ninth hole to fall two shots behind. Furyk, a 54-hole leader for the second time in as many years in a major, couldnt make up any ground with a procession of pars along the back nine. He finally made a 12-foot birdie putt on the 16th, but only after Dufner spun back a wedge to 18 inches for a sure birdie. Furyk also made bogey on the last two holes, taking two chips to reach the 17th green and coming up short into mangled rough short of the 18th green, where all he could do was hack it onto the green. Furyk closed with a 71 to finish two shots behind. "I have a lot of respect for him and the way he played today," Furyk said. "I dont know if it makes anything easy, or less easy. But I dont look at it as I lost the golf tournament. I look at it as I got beat by somebody that played better today." Dufner finished at 10-under 270, four shots better than the lowest score in the five previous majors at Oak Hill. Jack Nicklaus won the 1980 PGA Championship at 274. Henrik Stenson, trying to become the first Swede to win a mens major title, pulled within two shots on the 13th hole and was poised to make a run until his tee shot settled on a divot hole in the 14th fairway. He chunked that flip wedge into a bunker and made bogey and closed with a 70 to finish alone in third. In his last three tournaments -- two majors and a World Golf Championship -- Stenson has two runner-ups and a third. Jonas Blixt, another Swede, also had a 70 and finished fourth. Masters champion Adam Scott never made a serious of move and shot 70 to tie for fifth. Defending champion Rory McIlroy made triple bogey on the fifth hole to lose hope, those he still closed with a 70 and tied for eighth, his first top 10 in a major this year. David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., finished the tournament in a tie for 47th place. Dufner two-putted for bogey on the 18th from about 10 feet and shook hands with Furyk as if he had just completed a business deal. He hugged his wife, Amanda, and gave her a love tap on the tush with the cameras rolling. Asked if he had ever been nervous, she replied, "If he has been, hes never told me." Thats what gives Dufner is own personality on the PGA Tour. He didnt look any differently on the opening tee shot than when he stood on the 18th hole. "I would say I was pretty flat-lined for most of the day," he said. Among the first to greet Dufner was Bradley, who beat him in the PGA playoff at Atlanta and was behind the "Dufnering" craze from earlier this year. Dufner went to an elementary school in Dallas as part of a charity day as defending champion in the Byron Nelson Classic. A photo showed him slumped against the wall in the classroom next to the children, his eyes glazed over, as the teacher taught them about relaxation and concentration techniques. The pose was mimicked all over the country, giving Dufner some celebrity for his zombie appearance. Now hes known for something far more important. Dufner became the sixth player to win a major with a round of 63, joining Tiger Woods, Greg Norman, Raymond Floyd, Nicklaus and Johnny Miller. He is the third first-time major champion of the year, and the 15th champion in the last 19 majors who had never won the big one. Woods is responsible for the latest trend, mainly because hes not winning them at the rate he once was. Woods extended his drought to 18 majors without winning, and this time he wasnt even in the hunt. For the second straight round, Woods finished before the leaders even teed off. He closed with a 70 to tie for 40th, 14 shots out of the lead. "I didnt give myself many looks and certainly didnt hit the ball good enough to be in it," Woods said. Furyk wasnt about to beat himself up for another major opportunity that got away. He had a share of the lead at the U.S. Open last year until taking bogey on the par-5 16th hole with a poor tee shot. His only regret was not making par on the last two holes -- the toughest on the back nine at Oak Hill -- to put pressure on Dufner. Not that anyone would have noticed. "It probably hasnt hit me yet. I cant believe this is happening to me," Dufner said. "To come back from a couple of years ago in this championship when I lost to Keegan in a playoff, to win feels really, really good." Marqise Lee Jaguars Jersey. Leave it to Matt Niskanen, the newly proclaimed Eddie Haskell of the Washington Capitals. A. J. 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Not a chance.Tie Domi was a physical and intimidating force in junior with the Peterborough Petes and as a professional, who played 1,020 regular-season games in the NHL, amassing 3,515 penalty minutes. An undersized enforcer, Domi tangled with every heavyweight in the league. According to hockeyfights.com, he had 271 fights in the regular season. He could also skate a regular shift, a claim few other enforcers could make.He was a pitbull.Max Domi has the heart of a pitbull, but his slighter build, not to mention his more refined skills, set him on a different course than his father. He has amazing vision, is a deft passer and, in his fourth season with the OHLs London Knights, has taken his game to the next level.I didnt really think of my dads style or playing the way he played when I was young, but I wanted to be just like him in the sense that he played in the NHL for a long time, Domi said in a recent interview. That is what I looked up to. For as long as I can remember I wanted to play in the NHL and he is the guy I looked up to.In his first three years with the Knights, the five-foot-10, 194-pound Domi had seasons of 21 goals and 28 assists, 39 goals and 48 assists and 34 goals and 59 assists. He was chosen 12th overall in the 2013 NHL draft by the Arizona Coyotes and has attended their last two training camps.There was a sense Domi had progressed to the point where the Coyotes might keep him for at least the first nine games of this NHL season and then make a decision to keep him or send him back to London. He did not have a strong camp, though, and was sent back to junior before the NHL season began.Other players might have gone into a funk, but not Domi. As the new captain of the Knights, he knows he is a role model for the younger players. Besides, he had work to do on his game.It sucks getting cut, the 19-year-oold said.ddddddddddddYou have to look at it that it is done now and you cant change it. What you can control is how you handle it. (Coyotes coach) Dave Tippet and (GM) Don Maloney told me hopefully I will have a long career in the NHL and right now I am with the London Knights and trying to make the world junior team. Thats all that is on my mind now.When it came time to choose the teams captain, London coach Dale Hunter said Domi was the obvious candidate.He was a leader on the team last year, but we had a bunch of older guys and this year we have a very young team, Hunter said. There was pressure on Max when he first came here because he has a famous dad and there was the pressure of going through his draft year with high expectations. Max embraced being the captain right from the get-go. Our young kids make mistakes, but Max stays positive and helps them, almost like a big brother.Domi has been focused on making the NHL since he was a kid. There was a scare along the way when he was diagnosed with diabetes, but he said monitoring his diet and checking his blood routinely has made it a non-factor. He wears No. 16, emulating Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Clarke, who also has diabetes.The Knights sit third in the Midwest Division in the Western Conference at 15-9-0-2. Domi ranks third in OHL scoring with 12 goals and 38 assists in 24 games. His hard work and determination paid off when he was among the candidates named to Canadas world junior selection camp.While some have questioned Domis lack of size, Hunter, who was a passionate player that occasionally crossed the line in his 19-year NHL career, likes what he sees in the teens game.He can be a little fiery at times, Hunter said, but right now hes relaxed and playing the best hockey Ive seen him play. Hes definitely going to help Team Canada go for the gold. He plays a 200-foot game and he even blocks shots. 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