Dufner not discouraged by PGA drama

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After losing to Keegan Bradley in a playoff at the USPGA only a couple of days ago, Jason Dufner is back in action.

After losing to Keegan Bradley in a playoff at the USPGA Championship only a couple of days ago, Jason Dufner is back in action this week.

The American tees off in the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina on Thursday, eager to shake off any bad vibes that might have followed him over from Atlanta.

Still in good spirits, Dufner says he is surprised people are treating what happened as if it were a tragedy.

“It’s been kind of a weird experience,” he told pgatour.com. “Everybody that’s come up to me almost feel like it’s a funeral or something tragic happened.

“But I don’t feel that way at all. It was a great experience. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to win that event. But I had a great chance, my best opportunity, probably, to win my first tour event.”

Unaccustomed to being in the spotlight, all the media attention has somewhat taken him by surprise – but he hasn’t felt like a victim.

“I think all the questions that have been asked of me (by journalists) have been pretty honest,” he said.

“People are trying to do their job. They want to, I guess you’d say, get in my head and see where I’m at. I’m pretty confident and pretty good with it. I don’t see how you can see anything negative from being in a play-off at a major other than not winning.

“There’s a lot of good things that happened last week. I think I showed a lot of people around the world that I can play some pretty good golf. And I probably showed myself that I can play a lot of good golf.”

Heading into the Wyndham, Dufner is encouraged by his performance last week, and eager to notch up a first victory on tour.

“I’m pretty confident with my golf game right now after last week,” he said. “I’m pretty comfortable on this golf course. I think it sets up well for me.”

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