The Duf Breaks Through
No doubt in my mind that the gentleman who got his break through win on the tour this weekend, was the best player out there without a win. To little fanfare and media discussion, newly crowned 2012 Zurich Classic Champion Jason Dufner has been consistently outplaying a talented, yet winless group of players that receive much more notoriety (i.e. Rickie Fowler). Dufner’s unassuming, even keeled demeanor on the golf course and lack of a boy band video of course is likely the reason he is not a regular golf channel topic or gracing the cover of a recent golf magazine. But make no mistake; while the Zurich is his first tour win, this guy has crazy game.
Dufner first jumped on most golf fan’s radar at the 2011 PGA Championship that he ended up losing in a playoff to Keegan Bradley. I remember noticing him a year earlier while watching a tournament and thinking, “who in the heck is this guy with the giant wad of tobacco in his face?” While the dip certainly leaves an impression, the waggle has become the trademark he is most known for. People count it…”was that 7 or 8 this time?” And others try to imitate it, but it is certainly one of the most unique pre-shot routines on tour.
Now that winning is out of the way for Dufner, you can expect to see quite a few more trophy’s going home with him in the near future. If his play over the past season and a half is any indication I’d be surprised if one of them isn’t from a major championship. Keep in mind that this is a guy who was destroying the field at the 2011 PGA until the 15th hole and had the lead after two rounds of this years’ Masters. That unflappable, mild mannered demeanor on the golf course are traits that should take him to the winners circle multiple times and keep him in the thick of major championships when the pressure cooker is really dialed up.
|(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Talk about having a great week?! Win your first PGA Tour Event on Sunday, move to T9 in FedEx Cup points, then get married the following Saturday. Now that is an impressive week! Congratulations to Jason on what is sure to be just one of many wins to come on the tour.