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Jason Dufner |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (37) / 3/24/1977
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 180
College: Auburn University

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Jason Dufner's 2013-14 PGA TOUR season was cut short due to an issue with bulging discs in his neck, but he has demonstrated that all is sorted out with his play late in 2014.
Dufner made only two starts on the 2014-15 PGA TOUR before the winter break, but they went for a T26 at the CIMB Classic and a T10 at the WGC-HSBC Champions. He led into those tournaments with a T23 in the ISPS HANDA Perth International and concluded his play in calendar year 2014 with a T7 in the Chiangmai Golf Classic presented by PTT. One would have to conclude that he the 2013 PGA Championship winner wouldn't have jeopardized his long-term health for those four events unless he felt he was completely healed and risked no further damage. Dec 12 - 2:42 PM

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Jason Dufner fashioned a 4-under-par 32-36=68 in his final round of the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions to post 6-under 282 and establish the new 72-hole clubhouse lead.

He signed his card with sole possession of 11th place on the leaderboard, which is arguably better than even the most supportive would have expected in just his third tournament back from bulging discs in his neck. Dufner opened birdie-birdie today to set the ton. He picked off three more birdies before finally slipping with a bogey-4 at the penultimate hole. He'll wrap up his four-week burst abroad with an appearance in next week's Chiangmai Golf Classic on the Asian Tour.
Nov 9 - 1:34 AM

Jason Dufner concluded the CIMB Classic with a 3-under-par 34-35=69.

While he returned to competition last week in Perth, Australia, this marked Dufner's first start on the PGA TOUR since withdrawing early in the PGA Championship with bulging discs in his neck. He finished at 6-under 282 in Kuala Lumpur thanks to 69s on the weekend. Today's featured an interesting sequence on his inward nine. After bogeying the par-5 10th and penciling in a 5 at the par-3 11th, Dufner birdied the par-4 12th and 13th holes. He then connected for an eagle at the par-4 14th. The WGC-HSBC Champions is up next for the major champion.
Nov 2 - 1:20 AM

Jason Dufner signed for a 2-under-par 37-33=70 following his opening round of the ISPS HANDA Perth International.

In his first meaningful action since withdrawing during the opening round of his title defense of the PGA Championship due to two bulging discs in his neck, Dufner promptly birdied the par-4 10th hole at Lake Karrinyup Country Club Perth. He squared two bogeys before making the turn in 1-over. The second nine was kinder as he picked off five birdies against two bogeys before settling six strokes adrift of the 18-hole co-leaders. Gamers in the U.S. will get their first crack at the social media legend at next week's CIMB Classic, so keep an eye on his progress in western Australia.
Oct 23 - 10:37 AM

Jason Dufner is listed in the published field of next week's Perth International.

Dufner has been sidelined since the PGA Championship where he withdrew after 10 holes with bulging discs in his neck. He revealed in early September that he booked four consecutive starts abroad beginning with this stop in western Australia where he finished in second place in 2012. If it goes well, look for him again at the CIMB Classic in two weeks for his first start of the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season. After the WGC-HSBC Champions the following week, he'll wrap up his excursion in Thailand for an Asian Tour event.
Oct 18 - 12:27 AM

Jason Dufner is planning on returning to competition at the Perth International on the PGA Tour of Australasia on Oct. 23-26.

Dufner has been sidelined with two bulging discs in his neck since withdrawing just 10 holes into the PGA Championship. He was the runner-up at Lake Karrinyup Country Club in the inaugural Perth Invite in 2012. He'll open the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season the following week at the CIMB Classic, and then compete in the World Golf Champions-HSBC Champions the following week. Dufner will cap off four consecutive weeks of golf abroad at the Asian Tour's Chiangmai Golf Classic in Thailand.
Sep 10 - 3:47 PM

Jason Dufner has been removed from the published field of this week's Deutsche Bank Championship.

That he appeared in the field in the first place was news. After falling 17 spots to 74th in the FedExCup standings, there's little reason to risk aggravating his injury (two bulging discs in his neck) for what might be only one week of action.
Aug 25 - 12:51 PM

Jason Dufner is not included in the published field for next week's Barclays.

This isn't a surprise, but it's now official. Dufner managed only 10 holes in his title defense of last week's PGA Championship before he succumbed to the discomfort of two bulging discs in his neck. In his pre-tournament presser, he acknowledged that he may a considerably amount of time to rest. He's currently 55th in the FedExCup standings, so we'll play the same waiting game next week when the field for the Deutsche Bank Championship is released. If Dufner sits out the second leg of the Playoffs, then he's unlikely to survive.
Aug 15 - 5:14 PM

Jason Dufner withdrew from his title defense of the 96th PGA Championship after 10 holes.

He intimated in his presser this week that he may not play this week if it weren't the defending champion or a major. His neck injury got the better of him today. Dufner called it quits after constructing a snowman on the par-5 10th hole. He was 8-over-par through 10 with no birdies, three bogeys, one double and the triple. It's not out of the question that he'll sit out the entire FedExCup Playoffs to heal from two bulging discs.
Aug 7 - 4:56 PM

Jason Dufner picked up his first major championship trophy in the 2013 PGA Championship and returns to defend this week.

Due to the continual rotation of PGA Championship venues, Oak Hill CC is being replaced by Valhalla Golf Club as the host venue this time around. That may be the least of his problems, as Dufner revealed that he is playing through two bulging disks in his neck that are hindering his ability to spend time honing his skills on the range and preparing for tournaments. His last three starts went MC-T51-T66 at Congressional, Hoylake and Firestone, so it may be wise to look elsewhere this week.
Aug 5 - 9:54 PM

Jason Dufner posted an even-par 35-35=70 in his opening round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

When he revealed this week that he was living with and playing through two bulging discs in his neck, it didn't warrant the kind of panic that Tiger Woods summoned a few months ago. Then again, nothing Dufner does elicits alarm. To that end, he split seven (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation at Firestone today. He buried four birdies, including a pair from outside 10 feet, but squared two bogeys and a double. His longest conversion dropped in for par from 15'4" at the par-4 first. Dufner went on to sign his card sitting six strokes behind overnight leader Marc Leishman.
Jul 31 - 6:53 PM

Jason Dufner acknowledged to today that an MRI revealed two bulging discs in his neck, according to's Brian Wacker.

"It makes it pretty tough," Dufner said. "Lack of sleep, lack of motion, lack of strength, a lot of different issues when you're dealing with your neck." He added that the discomfort surfaced the week of the Masters. He won't need surgery and he was administered a shot on Monday to help relieve the pain. Obviously, this isn't good news, but at least gamers have time to adjust lineups accordingly for the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. He tied for fourth at Firestone last year before emerging with the title at the PGA Championship at Oak Hill the following week.
Jul 30 - 5:38 PM

Jason Dufner turns his attention towards Royal Liverpool for The Open Championship.

Dufner won the PGA Championship last year due in large parts to his laser-like precision with the irons. That could lead to a similar format to success this week, as doglegs will often force a long iron off the tee and a mid iron to the greens. He's slowly but surely increased his returns over the last few years, missing the cut in his first two Opens before sharing 31st and 26th in 2012 and 2013.
Jul 16 - 12:31 PM

Jason Dufner could be peaking just in time for a third consecutive top-five finish in the U.S. Open later this week.

Dufner's U.S. Open record was rather unremarkable before tying for fourth at Olympic in 2012, and then backing that up with a T4 at Merion last year. Considering he lost to Adam Scott in a playoff at Colonial three short weeks ago, perhaps he is rounding into form just in time for a run at Pinehurst No. 2 this week. Of note, his T4s were both on shorter U.S. Open venues. While Dufner can be deadly with his irons, he isn't the longest off the tee or the best putter.
Jun 11 - 10:25 AM

Jason Dufner fired a 4-under-par 32-34=66 in the final round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, eventually falling to Adam Scott on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff.

While Dufner's five birdies included an 18'11" effort on the par-4 ninth, a 10'10" bid on the par-4 10th and a closing birdie bomb from 25'1" on the par-4 18th, it wasn't all roses with the flat stick. He missed a par attempt from 26 inches on the par-5 11th which could easily prove costly in his bid for a win. His irons were dialed in, missing just one GIR all day. His 9-under 271 was good for a playoff. After a par on the first playoff hole and a birdie on the second, Dufner missed a long birdie bid on the par-4 18th and watched Scott hole a birdie for the win from much closer range.
May 25 - 4:35 PM