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THE DUF YOU DON'T KNOW
ALAN SHIPNUCK
June 11, 2012
Jason Dufner is not who he appears to be. The hottest player in the game looks like the coolest, but what he actually possesses is a highly developed sense of equanimity. He lives in SEC country and is a college football nut but studies Lincoln and is something of a bookworm. Below the surface this U.S. Open favorite may be the most interesting man in golf
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June 11, 2012

The Duf You Don't Know

Jason Dufner is not who he appears to be. The hottest player in the game looks like the coolest, but what he actually possesses is a highly developed sense of equanimity. He lives in SEC country and is a college football nut but studies Lincoln and is something of a bookworm. Below the surface this U.S. Open favorite may be the most interesting man in golf

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Dufner's peers know how dangerous he will be at Olympic. "He has everything you would want in a U.S. Open game," says Jim Furyk, the 2003 Open champ. "He just plods along, keeps it in the fairway, makes pars and doesn't get rattled."

The last bit may be the most important at what figures to be the most demanding Open since Oakmont in 2007. "To be honest I've been a little disappointed in the setup the last couple of years," Dufner says. "I'd like to see longer, thicker rough. I want it to be as hard as possible. That takes half the field out of it right away because they'll be bitching about it and already beaten mentally. I don't care how hard it is, it's not going to bother me."

As always, the Duf abides. He is a man of intriguing paradoxes. "I practice analytically but play by feel," he says. A mellow dude with intense drive to achieve, Dufner sums up his success with a profound simplicity. "You have to know what you do well," he says. "You have to be who you are and stay true to that."

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