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POSTED August 16, 2013 12:37 a.m.

NEW YORK (AP) — The last time Jason Dufner was on a Manhattan rooftop, he was down on one knee proposing to his future wife.

On Tuesday, Dufner was hoisting the PGA Championship trophy on top of the Empire State Building, two days after winning his first major.

The Alabama golfer proposed at a restaurant overlooking the Hudson River amid fireworks on the Fourth of July in 2011. Amanda Dufner was on the green to embrace him Sunday after the final round at Oak Hill in Pittsford, N.Y.

She says her stoic husband, who managed to crack a smile and pump his fist after the victory, didn’t say much since they were “both kind of in shock.”

They plan a beach vacation before he plays in the upcoming FedEx Cup playoffs.

MAJOR PERFORMANCE: Adam Scott and Jason Day tied for lowest aggregate scores in the majors this year at a combined 2-over par. The tiebreaker is easy — Scott won the Masters, Day hasn’t won a major (he has only one PGA Tour event). Scott and Day were among 13 players who made the cut in all four majors this year. The others were Tiger Woods, Brandt Snedeker, Sergio Garcia, Matt Kuchar, Lee Westwood, Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson, Jason Dufner, Martin Kaymer, K.J. Choi and Phil Mickelson. Scott, Dufner and Woods were the only players to make the cut in all four majors for 2012 and 2013. Scott has the longest active streak in making cuts at the majors at 10, dating to the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional. The flip side was Hiroyuki Fujita of Japan, who had the wrong kind of Grand Slam. He was the only player to miss the cut in all four majors this year.

OKLAHOMA STATE HIRES NILSSON: STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Pär Nilsson, a two-time All-American for the Cowboy golf team, has been named assistant coach for the Oklahoma State women’s program. Nilsson has competed all over the world in both professional and amateur golf. He represented his native Sweden at the World Amateur and is a former All-American at Oklahoma State, where he was a three-time All-Big 12 pick. Nilsson joins the Cowgirl program after spending the previous three seasons as an assistant for the men’s squad at the University of Denver. The Cowgirl program features former Manteca resident and rising star Casie Cathrea.

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