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Jason Dufner, two-time winner in 2012, discusses his fondness for Colonial and the late Ben Hogan.
FORT WORTH, Texas — Three weeks ago, Rickie Fowler won the Wells Fargo Championship, then tied for second the next week at THE PLAYERS Championship.
Two weeks ago, Matt Kuchar won THE PLAYERS, then was in contention the following week at the HP Byron Nelson Championship before tying for 15th.
So what’s Jason Dufner got?
Dufner comes into the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial fresh off his win at the HP Byron Nelson. Fowler and Kuchar have set the recent trend, so can Dufner also threaten to become the first player since Tiger Woods in 2009 to win on successive weeks on the PGA TOUR?Dufner
"It’s pretty difficult," Dufner said Tuesday. "It’s difficult to win one week in a row out here. There are a lot of great players in the field this week. We are on a really nice golf course, a really tough golf course. You’ve got to do a lot of good things with your game on this golf course, shoot some low scores."
Although Dufner is one of the TOUR’s best shot-makers and Colonial is a shot-maker’s course, his track record here isn’t very impressive. In three career starts, he has two missed cuts and a tie for 59th.
He’s hoping the more he plays the course, the lower his scores will be. Colonial tends to favor the veteran players; it took David Toms 14 starts before he won here last year; Tom Watson didn’t win here until his 21st start at Colonial.
"I don’t know the exact history of the golf course and how guys have fared, but I could see that guys that have played it a good bit are a little bit more knowledgeable and use that to their advantage," Dufner said.
In terms of winning on back-to-back weeks, Dufner said the challenge is to get geared back up mentally — and physically — after celebrating a TOUR win. He didn’t touch a club between the time of his winning putt at the 72nd hole on Sunday until his practice session Tuesday afternoon. And there have been more demands on his time
"There is a lot of responsibilities from the time that you finish your putt on Sunday until the time you tee off on Thursday for another event that maybe don’t transpire on a normal week," Dufner said. "When you finish 60th at THE PLAYERS, you’ve got more time to yourself to tr to figure out how you are going to win the next week.
"There are a lot of things that go into it that make it difficult. I think for me the best part will be on Thursday when I stept up to the tee and can actually start to play some golf and see where my game is at."
- Jason Dufner
- HP Byron Nelson Championship
- Rickie Fowler
- Wells Fargo Championship
- Byron Nelson
- Matt Kuchar