by Jeff Skinner
One of the feel good stories of The 76th Masters so far has to be Jason Dufner. Last we saw Dufner at a major was the PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club. He had a five stroke lead with four holes to play and it looked like he would write his version of the “Cinderella Story.”
We watched as he unraveled over the last holes, aptly named “Calamity Lane” and surrendered his lead to Keegan Bradley and then lost in a playoff. That was a tough week for Dufner but he handled his misfortune well and has continued to play good golf.
Since the start of 2011 Dufner has two second place finishes, eight top tens and pocketed $3.7 million dollars.
Today he had a share of the lead until a closing bogey at eighteen caused him to drop one back of Lee Westwood. Dufner has maintained his laidback, unassuming persona as he has continued to refine his game.
One of Dufner’s close friends is Masters Champion Vijay Singh and Dufner has copied his work ethic. His play at Augusta is evidence that his dedication is paying off. After all, this is two straight majors that we have seen his name on top of the leaderboards.