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March 14, 2013

Jason Dufner and Keegan Bradley face off in epic Twitter battle

Posted at 3:34 PM by Coleman McDowell | Categories: Auburn, Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley, Zach Johnson

KeeganSparks fly whenever Keegan Bradley and Jason Dufner face off, whether it's in the final round of the 2011 PGA Championship or on in a hilarious Twitter battle on Wednesday.

The Battle: The instigating moment of their inspired online trash-talking was a fashion choice by Bradley. Dufner took notice of Bradley donning the flat-billed Cleveland hat seen above during the WGC-Cadillac Championship and took dead aim.

Bradley immediately recovered and went for the early-round knockout with an embarrassing picture from 2003 of Dufner with small hoop earrings in each ear, frosted blonde tips and spiked hair. This battle appeared to be over before it started. There is no way Dufner could get back off the mat.

Zach Johnson decides to jump into the fray in defense of Dufner by posting what looks like a yearbook shot of Keegan with a curly afro. Dufner decided he didn't need any help in taking down Bradley and turned his focus towards Johnson. Zach was just trying to help!

Johnson didn't go for any haymakers like Bradley did, but instead took the high road and only jabbed at Dufner's well-publicized liking of chewing tobacco. This quickly has become a 1-on-2 handicap match.

Zach then tags out. Bradley enters back in the mix fresh and well-rested. He loses a few points for reusing the same material, but then he kicks things up a notch. His 156,000-plus followers now see the spiked-hair version of Dufner as Bradley has set it as his new Twitter avatar. To take the character takeover a step further, he starts tweeting about Dufner's alma mater, Auburn University. The world's No. 1 player also makes a cameo appearance.

Dufner, who lives in Auburn and regularly attends Auburn sporting events, won't stand for this. He mounts his counterattack, focusing on Bradley's alma mater's lack of athletic success and then dips into controversial waters by mentioning Bradley's use of an anchored putter. He caps off his rebuttal by stepping outside of the golf world and hits current events by rubbing in the departure of Wes Welker, former New England Patriots wide receiver. (Bradley, a Massachusetts native, is a huge Patriots fan.) He even throws in a random picture of Bradley along the way.

Bradley gracefully bows out with a simple reply: "Now that's crossing the line."

The Decision: Keegan came in with some heavy hitting early, but couldn't sustain it throughout the entire battle. Dufner favored quantity over quality and wore down his opponent on his way to a victory in "Dufner vs. Bradley I." We can't wait for the rematch.

Photo: Bradley at the WGC-Cadillac (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

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