Once known as the chubby kid who hadn’t seen a win since 2013, this year marked the start of something new. He’s cut his hair, divorced his wife, lost a bunch of weight, and sealed his first PGA Tour win of the year at the CareerBuilder Challenge…and I couldn’t be happier about all of it.
I’m not one to fuel the rumor mill, or maybe I am, but saying goodbye to this:
Might mean saying more hellos to these:
Self admittedly he’s been distracted from playing golf. In 2015, he made 17 of 21 cuts with only two top-10 finishes. His best finish in a major was 18th at the U.S. Open, but you can bet I’ll be watching for a better place this year.
Last year he had no choice but to focus on his personal life. Thankfully that’s finally all come to a close. Which is why this year will mark huge improvement. He can finally get his head back in the game.
I’m not the only one forecasting improved performance in 2016. Bleacher Report has predicted that his better headspace this season will mean better golf.
He’s got quite a hefty goal of making The Ryder Cup team this year, with an even more weighted workload. He’ll be competing in around 25 tournaments before the FedEx Cup, and he’ll need some solid wins to be a considered a contender.
And those victories have begun.
While some clown thought he was being smart on Twitter, Dufner’s showing he’s in it to win it.
Here’s to the continued success.
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