|Jason Dufner breaks through. (Allison)|
Both men had their chances in a sudden-death playoff, but it was Dufner who broke through with a second-chance birdie at the par-5 18th hole. It was the perfect early wedding gift for Dufner, who will tie the knot next weekend. Here’s what Els said about his impassive-looking playoff opponent.
“I don’t know how long he can keep it up, that wall, but he’s doing a good job so far (laughter). Kind of reminds me of myself back in the day. He’s a wonderful guy. I’ve played a lot of golf with Jason and [he] obviously came close to winning a major last year against Keegan [Bradley] and been close quite a few times.
“He’s got a wonderful golf swing and I think this will help him a lot. I think he’ll win quite a few others. He’s got a really sound golf swing and game. If he keeps that shield up, he’s got—you know, that’s a pretty good defensive mechanism he’s got there.”