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public putty key not working on fedora 25

I use putty authentication agent (pageant) and a private/public key combo to log into various fedora servers. This simple process has worked fine for many years up until I tried it on fedora 25. I cannot figure out why my key is not working. There is no useful information in the messages log. Just ...

Jan 10 10:34:40 servername audit: USER_LOGIN pid=4209 uid=0 auid=4294967295 ses=4294967295 msg='op=login acct="root" exe="/usr/sbin/sshd" hostname=? addr=x.x.x.x terminal=ssh res=failed'

Thanks in advance for any help on this matter.