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December 06, 2013

Jason Dufner discusses his dream foursome, pink golf balls and 'Dufnering'

Posted at 3:29 PM by Coleman McDowell

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Jason Dufner sat down with Rivals.com's Krysten Peek in California after his opening round of the World Challenge and discussed his first hole-in-one (with a pink golf ball!), tweeting with Tiger and his dream foursome.

The highlights from the Q&A portion.

First hole in one: "I was 13 at a public golf course in Cleveland called Sleepy Hallow. I hit a 5-wood from about 170 yards on No. 2. There was one other guy I met on the first tee. He was lucky. I think it was a pink golf ball too. (Asked if he still uses pink golf balls) No, pink golf balls are out."

On Dufnering blowing up: "I was just sitting there screwing off kind of day-dreaming. People got a hold of it to kind of make fun of me a little bit and jab at me, but then it blew up. It's the most remarkable thing I've ever seen. I only did it once. It's a one-time thing."

On tweeting Tiger this week: "I know he looks at it here and there. I felt like I maybe could get a response out of him. I pretty much knew what the response was going to be. It was just all in fun. People actually thought I was serious about it. It was worth a shot. I'm very privileged to be playing this event in California this week, but I definitely wish I could be in Georgia watching Auburn play for an SEC Championship."

Dream foursome: "My dad, Ben Hogan and my grandpa."

Favorite course: "Augusta National. That event has a lot of history. It's a unique course and really tests every aspect of your game."

Keegan Bradley and the PGA Championship: "Lucky."

On winning his own PGA Championship: "It's pretty neat. To work as hard as I have and always think about just playing in these major events, much less win one. It really hasn't even set in yet to have your dreams fulfilled and become a reality." 

Watch the full three-part video interview here on AuburnSports.com.

(Photo: AP/Julio Cortez)

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November 18, 2013

Jason Dufner honored by Auburn with 'Jason Dufner Drive'

Posted at 11:48 AM by Coleman McDowell

BZYp1-eCIAEFst7The whirlwind 2013 for Jason Dufner isn't slowing down anytime soon.

During the first quarter of the Auburn vs. Georgia game on Saturday, Dufner was honored by his alma mater at Jordan-Hare Stadium with the dedication of a street named in his honor: Jason Dufner Drive.

Dufner's Auburn Tigers would go on to defeat Georgia in the final seconds of the game with a miraculous 73-yard touchdown pass on 4th and 18.

#DufneringThe PGA Championship. The butt-pat heard 'round the world. Howard Stern. Giving his Auburn Tigers a pep talk before their upset of heavily-favored Texas A&M.

Can life get better for Jason Dufner?

We'll see. The Iron Bowl is in two weeks.

(Photo: @ITATJason)

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October 22, 2013

Jason Dufner delivered pre-game speech to Auburn before Texas A&M upset

Posted at 2:32 PM by Coleman McDowell

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Jason Dufner delivered the pre-game speech to the No. 24 Auburn Tigers before they took the field and upset No. 7 Texas A&M last Saturday.

Great locker room speeches like "Win one for the Gipper" and "Great moments are born from great opportunity" are designed to hype an underdog team into a frenzy before taking the field against a bigger and badder opponent.

Dufner's demeanor on the course doesn't translate into a fiery, rah-rah brand of pre-game antics, but whatever he said did the trick. The Tigers, who entered the game as two-touchdown underdogs, won 45-41.

Senior linebacker Jake Holland (No. 5), seen above possibly 'dufnering,' finished the game with three tackles. Hey, whatever works.

Dufner also visited the team in fall camp after winning the PGA Championship. Let's hope he isn't busy during the Iron Bowl.

(Photos via @FootballAU)

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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

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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