Jason Dufner Wins PGA: Ready, Set, Start Dufnering!
Rickie Fowler’s done it. Luke Donald’s done it. Bubba Watson’s done it with the General Lee. Dan Hicks and Peter Jacobsen have done it together. Now, with Jason Dufner’s victory at the PGA, you can be sure even more people, pets and zoo animals will be Dufnering around the world.
For those unfamiliar with it, Dufnering is a somewhat stupefied-looking sitting position Dufner unknowingly took while visiting an elementary school earlier this year. The pose was immediately dubbed Dufnering.
As more fun commences, it’s important to credit Dufner with breaking the 72-hole scoring record at Oak Hill. The previous mark of six-under was set by the great Jack Nicklaus in the 1980 PGA Championship.
Many may imitate, but only the original Dufner has the Wanamaker Trophy, symbolizing victory at the PGA Championship.
Yes, Dufner—with his pre-swing waggle, his soul patch and his deadpan expression—is now a major championship winner. Not that you’d know it by the way he celebrated on the 18th green, where bogey was good enough for the win.
He gave a couple of fist pumps. Small fist pumps. Determined fist pumps. Then, he greeted his wife with a hug and went to sign his scorecard.
“That last putt was the perfect length for me,” he deadpanned after the victory. “It’s hard to get excited about those four to six-inchers.”
Supposedly, Dufner studies Ben Hogan, who was called the “Wee Ice Mon” by the Scots because of his apparent lack of emotion. Dufner is not small in stature like Hogan, but he may certainly be Hogan-esque in reaction.
“I can’t believe this has happened to me,” he said immediately after kissing and then lifting the 27-pound trophy. “I wasn’t gonna play scared or soft. It’s a big step forward.”
He didn’t smile then either.
Dufner claimed he was nervous over the putt on the first hole and then relaxed into the round. But it is always impossible to tell by looking at Dufner. His demeanor is nearly unchanging except that after his victory, his lips almost curled up for a split second in a Charlie Brown-like smile.
Now, it’s time for the world to begin celebrating with Dufnering.
Kathy Bissell is a Golf Writer for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained first-hand or from official interview materials from the USGA, the PGA Tour or the PGA of America.
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