Jason Dufner
42-Year-Old Golfer
2018–19 Fantasy Outlook
Dufner has played been both great and just average over the past five years and as he approaches the age of 42, he's at a bit of a crossroads. He's only a year removed from a stellar season where he earned over $3 million, but at some point, age is going to catch up with him. Is that what happened last season? A look at Dufner's stats from last season reveal a drop in nearly every measurable category. Drop-offs due to age don't generally just hit a gut that quickly in this sport, which means last season was probably just a bad season. Dufner had wins in the two seasons prior to last season, and with a couple adjustments, he could get back there again this season. Read Past Outlooks
Putter goes ice cold on weekend
May 5, 2019
Dufner shot a two-over 73 in the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship and finished in a tie for fourth place.
ANALYSIS
Dufner struck the ball brilliantly this week, leading the field in SG: Tee-to-green. The issue once he got the the lead on the weekend was the putter. Over the final 36 holes, Dufner lost over 5.2 strokes to the field on the greens. He also lost quite a bit of points/money with a double-bogey on the 72nd hole. Despite all of that, Dufner has to be thrilled with his performance this week considering he had not inside the top-60 once in his last 10 starts. He is not in the field for the AT&T Byron Nelson.
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Dufner might not be the guy who won twice in 2012 while earning nearly $5 million, but he's proven to be a reliable force on the PGA Tour. Dufner followed up his 2012 season with another solid performance in the season that followed, but he started to regress soon after, finally bottoming out in 2015 when he barely cracked the $1 million mark. He made a big jump the following season though and he improved upon that number last season. Dufner is a guy who is probably going to end up in the $3-4 million mark for the next few years, but that's just not good enough to take him in a salary cap league.
Is Dufner the major-winner who won nearly $5 million in 2012 or the guy who barely cracked the $1 million mark in 2014-15? Last year he looked more like the $5 million man than the $1 million man, but there's still no way to tell which way he goes from here. There is hope that Dufner can get back to the heights of his 2012 season, but at a price nearing $3 million, he's probably not worth the price this season in salary cap leagues. In draft leagues he should go near the fourth round.
Well, so much for backing up that major championship in 2013. OK, so he had an excuse for part of the year -- we don't know how long he was dealing with his neck injury, which might actually explain the entire year. Dufner's misfortune is a break for those in salary cap leagues, though, as he's now priced at a bargain level entering the 2015 season. Dufner only played 17 events last year, so if he can get healthy, there's no question he'll play more and make more money in 2015. As such, he's a "must-have" in salary cap leagues and should go near the third round in draft leagues.
Dufner's 2013 was headed nowhere, and then… he won a major. Typical Dufner. If you've watched him play, you know, it's impossible to get a read on this guy. He always has the same demeanor, which in golf is probably a good thing. Never to high, never to low, which is how, even when we all discounted him, he won the PGA Championship. As for the future, how in the world can anyone tell? We do know this, he's got a load of talent and doesn't seemed phased by his new status as a major champion, which means he shouldn't suffer the hangover that often comes the year after one's first major. Dufner will go anywhere from 15-25 in draft leagues and he's worth a look in salary cap leagues.
Dufner showed signs late in the 2011 season that he was ready to break out in 2012. Little did we know that he'd finish in the top 5 on the money list. Dufner had a tremendous 2012 season that included two wins and eight top-10 finishes. Also impressive was his ability to make it to the weekend; in 22 events, Dufner missed the cut once last season. He made the cut at all four majors, finishing no lower than 31st. That's a great sign as the next step is to capture a major, and Dufner has the talent and demeanor to do it. Now, the bad news. Dufner set the bar pretty high last year, and it will be difficult, though not impossible, to improve his earnings from last season. Any improvement likely will require a major victory, though that's not out of the question. Dufner is probably a little too risky to select in a salary cap league, but he's a first-rounder in draft leagues.
Dufner might be the best PGA Tour player without a victory. A distinction that's both good and bad. Good if you are young, bad if you are older. Dufner isn't exactly making plans for the Champions Tour just yet, but he'd better get moving if he's to win on the PGA Tour. Dufner turns 35 in March and will enter this season coming off a career-high in earnings and Top-5s. Certain golfers have played their best golf after their mid-30s, but Dufner doesn't have a track record that would suggest he's about to blow up. His previous earnings high came in 2009 when he topped $2 million, but he followed that up with a less-than-stellar 2010 season.
It's been quite the roller coaster for Dufner the last three seasons. He went from earning less than $300K in 2008 to breaking $2 million in 2009 to back to just over $1 million last season. Dufner showed his potential in 2009 when he captured six top-10s, including a runner-up and a third-place finish, but we may have seen his ceiling that year as well. While it's possible that he returns to his 2009 level this season, it's more likely that he's found his spot on the money list right here for the next few years. Dufner specializes in accuracy off the tee. When he's playing his best, he's a well-rounded player, performing well in all four core stat categories.
Dufner battled an assortment of injuries in his first few professional seasons, but he was finally healthy in 2009 and finished the season ranked 11th in the FedEx Cup standings. In his first healthy year on the Tour, Dufner cracked the top-10 six times, which included a runner-up finish as well as a third-place finish. His $2 million in earnings more than doubled his career earnings from his previous three seasons. Dufner was very consistent in 2009, spreading out his success over the course of the season. Look for continued growth from Dufner this season, though his ceiling may be just a bit beyond where he reached last year.
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Climbs 29 positions in final round
November 12, 2018
Dufner fired a seven-under 64 in the final round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic to jump into a tie for 21st place.
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T43 at CIMB Classic
October 15, 2018
Dufner finished the week in a tie for 43rd place after an up and down round of two-under 70 on Sunday at the CIMB Classic.
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Looking for bounce back season starting in Napa
October 2, 2018
Dufner is in the field for the Safeway Open this week.
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Poor showing in Greensboro
August 20, 2018
Dufner finished in a tie for 66th place at the Wyndham Championship after his final round even-par 70.
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Makes two doubles coming home on Sunday
July 24, 2018
Dufner fell into a tie for 51st place after shooting a final round four-over 75 at the Open Championship.
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