Dufner to plant oak tree from from Oak Hill near new home in Alabama

Jason Dufner at the PGA Championship
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Jason Dufner won the PGA Championship with metal clubs, but he'll have a long-term reminder of his victory in the form of a wood -- an oak tree sapling from Oak Hill.
Rachel Cohen
Associated Press

Series: PGA Tour

Published: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 | 3:06 p.m.

PITTSFORD, N.Y.  -- Golf, not gardening is Jason Dufner's strong suit.

But the just-crowned PGA Championship winner decided he wanted something more to remember Oak Hill by than the usual souvenirs -- a hefty check, a gleaming trophy and a host of good memories.

So he and wife Amanda spoke with the club's general manager and arranged to have a sapling from the course nursery shipped to a 50-acre site near Auburn, Ala., where the couple is building a home. Amanda said her husband had a feeling he'd do well in the tournament, and in the middle of the second round Friday, Dufner walked over to the gallery ropes and handed over a couple of acorns he'd picked up.

But just to be safe, they'll have the sapling.

''So at least that one will take root,'' Dufner laughed. ''I will have some trees out there, and it will be a neat experience -- first major championship at Oak Hill and hopefully, have some of their oak trees out there on the property.''