PITTSFORD, N.Y. - When longtime friend and esteemed Buffalo News columnist Jerry Sullivan attempted to type in the word “Dufner” on his Twitter feed Friday here at the 2013 PGA Championship, the autocorrect on his iPhone kept changing it to “duffer.”
This just in: The laid-back Dufner may be a lot of things. But a “duffer?” Not even close.
Truth be told, he’s the exact opposite.
In fact, as Dufner stood on the 18th green at iconic Oak Hill amidst the late afternoon shadows, he had the opportunity to accomplish what no golfer had ever done before.
As he lined up his putt, he realized he was just 12 feet from history. Drain this sucker and he would be finish the day with a 62, the lowest single-round score to ever be posted in a major.
The normally unflappable Dufner admitted he was “nervous” as he stood a dozen feet from glory. We can verify that. We actually saw his pouty lower lip quiver. For Dufner, that’s as close to coming unglued as it gets.