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Jonathan Wall

Jason Dufner's starting to make a name for himself

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Last week's Waste Management Open was all about Mark Wilson's second win of the season. But if there was another intriguing storyline that was worth noting, it was the number of unknowns that made a run at their first PGA Tour victory.

While Tommy Gainey was the big story during the week, it was a little-known tour pro from Auburn, Ala., who almost stole the spotlight on Monday. You probably couldn't pick Jason Dufner out of a lineup, but he's quickly becoming a guy we should all take notice of this season.

A journeyman tour pro who spent the past eight years bouncing back and forth between the Nationwide and PGA Tour, he finally found game in 2009 with 6 top-10 finishes, and has flourished ever since.

His game isn't flashy, but he's got a quiet confidence about him that makes you believe Monday's playoff loss wasn't the last we'll see of him. He'll most likely chalk this week up as a learning experience, the same way he did when he lost the 2009 Deutsche Bank Championship by a shot to Steve Stricker.

Like a lot of players, Dufner has the game to contend, but his name tends to get lost in the fray when you look at all of the great players on Tour.

He might not be a household name at the moment, but if he keeps learning from these tough defeats, there's a good chance he'll no longer be just another unknown golfer in the near future.

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