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5:14 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Dufner Preparing to Defend PGA Title at Louisville's Valhalla Golf Club

One of professional golf’s four major competitions is returning to Louisville later this summer.

The winner of last year’s PGA Championship is preparing to defend his title at Valhalla  Golf Club in early August.    

2013 PGA champion Jason Dufner will defend his title in August at Louisville's Valhalla Golf Club. He spoke Wednesday during a visit to Churchill Downs.
Credit Rick Howlett

Defending champ Jason Dufner and PGA officials were in Louisville today to talk about the event, which will pay $10 million in prize money.

The 37 year old Dufner captured the Wannamaker Trophy last year at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York, but has struggled in the first two majors of 2014, failing to make the final field in the Masters and the U.S. Open.    

Dufner says he’s not discouraged.

"Golf is a game of ups and downs.  It doesn’t feel like you’re ever constant with your play.   So, I need to hit the upswing, I think, on these major championships.  We’ve got two left.   It’s not the end of the world, we’ll just keep going on," Dufner said during a press event at Churchill Downs. 

The PGA Championship will be played for the third time at Valhalla August 7 through 10.

The 2014 field is expected to include two Kentuckians, J.B. Holmes and Kenny Perry.  

Perry  finished second in the 1996 championship at Valhalla.