Jason Dufner: Everything You Need to Know About American Ryder Cup Contender

Pete SchauerCorrespondent ISeptember 28, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 22:  Jason Dufner watches his tee shot on the eighth hole during the third round of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola at East Lake Golf Club on September 22, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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You don't know Jason Dufner now, but you probably will after the Ryder Cup is all said and done.

Aside from having a hot wife, the 35-year-old Dufner is actually an impressive golfer and a great personality. He's a two-time winner of the PGA Tour and is an active member of Twitter, where he interacts with fellow golfers and other professional athletes.

Both of Dufner's PGA Tour wins came in 2012, giving him the much-needed confidence to play at a high level with his American teammates at the Ryder Cup, but not without a wad of chewing tobacco in his nestled under inside his lower lip. 

Dufner's first victory came at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans on April 29, when he posted a -19 to edge out Ernie Els on the second playoff hole with a birdie. His second win came at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, where he shot -11 to beat fellow American Dicky Pride by one stroke.

But make no mistake about it—Dufner knows that he's no Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy.

In an interview with Alan Shipnuck of Sports Illustrated, Dufner had this to say about himself: 

I don’t think I have as much talent as a lot of other guys do. To succeed I have to do a lot of different things. I need to be stronger mentally. I have to prepare harder and smarter. I have to maximize my equipment. I have to do things other guys don’t. You have to be honest with yourself, which is not easy.

Dufner—who is accustomed to hearing fans shout "War Eagle!" as he tees off, due to his Auburn ties—has become a fan favorite for his blatant honesty and down-to-earth personality.

As an avid Auburn fan, Dufner has become synonymous with the Auburn area and its fans, according to ESPN's Richard Durrett.

"It started last year after the PGA, playing in the Atlanta area, and being from the south you get a lot of Auburn fans. I'm getting tons and tons more fans."

As Dufner tells in his interview with Shipnuck, it's the underdog mentality that keeps him going, admiring guys like Ben Hogan, David Toms, Scott Verplank, Bob Estes and more.

Playing alongside golfers like Woods and McIlroy in the Ryder Cup should help Dufner gain notoriety, especially being one of four rookies for the American squad.

Dufner teed off this morning alongside teammate Zach Johnson and you can follow the coverage of the Ryder Cup on B/R here.