"Try it and see what happens."
Barber bumped a low shot into the fringe, and his ball stopped dead. Dufner didn't say a word, but he couldn't contain the smallest of smirks.
Dufner is 11th on the Tour in driving accuracy but a ho-hum 56th in distance, at 291.4 yards a pop. He can give the impression that really long hitters are sometimes not playing a hole properly. This notion informed the conversation on the tee of Riviera's 8th hole, a 433-yard par-4 with a double fairway separated by a hazard. Dufner gave a master class on the pros and cons of going left versus right, explaining that the decision should largely be dictated by the pin position on a dangerous green. Niclas Carlsson, a tall, free-swinging sophomore, asked if it was possible to carry the hazard.
"No," was Dufner's curt reply.
"With this wind? It's only 306 to cover."
For the only time all day there was steel in Dufner's voice.
"Nic, aim down the left side, five yards right of the bunker."
Carlsson did as he was told.
"The guys will listen to me more than Coach, unfortunately," Dufner said later, with a laugh. "When I was 19 or 20, I thought I knew everything too. But they respect what I've accomplished in this game."