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Tour Report: Dufner: GIR improvement no big deal

By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM

NORTON, Mass. – Jason Dufner ranks fourth on the PGA TOUR in greens in regulation, a significant increase from his ranking in that category in previous years.


But Dufner doesn’t think his iron play is any different this year, even though his success rate – two wins and currently No. 6 in FedExCup points entering this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship – has elevated his stature.

“Nothing particularly that I focused on with iron play to get any better,” Dufner said. “Just all around trying to be a better player with all aspects of my game.”

Dufner has hit 69.21 percent of his greens this year. Last year, he hit 66.95 percent in ranking 52nd on TOUR. His highest ranking in that category came in 2009 when he was 49th at 66.93 percent.

“I think the numbers are pretty close to the same,” Dufner said. “Maybe the ranking is not the same, but it might be a percentage or two percentages here or there.”


Year Greens in regulation percentage GIR rank on TOUR
2012 69.21 percent (872 of 1,260 holes)* 4th
2011 66.95 percent (940 of 1,404 holes) 52nd
2010 66.67 percent (1,044 of 1,566 holes) 104th
2009 66.93 percent (1,036 of 1,548 holes) 49th
2008 65.99 percent (487 of 738 holes) 67th
2007 65.06 percent (1,171 of 1,800 holes) 80th

* – entering Deutsche Bank Championship

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