2001: Dufner finally finds a home

Wichita, Kan.

Just a few weeks ago, Jason Dufner could have been considered a golfing nomad.

After his three-shot victory July 15 at the Buy.com Tour Wichita Open, Dufner has a place to call home for the rest of this year and next.

Dufner, who turned pro in May 2000 after graduating from Auburn University, failed to make the finals of last year’s PGA Tour Qualifying School. He tried Monday qualifying for the Buy.com Tour several times but missed out.

Dufner’s tie for 12th at the Hershey Open July 8 earned him a spot in the Wichita Open.

In just his second Buy.com event, Dufner walked away with the $76,500 winner’s check after posting a 22-under 266.

“It probably hasn’t really set in right now, but I am pretty excited to be out on the Buy.com Tour for the rest of this year and the next couple of years. It’s just a good stepping stone for me. I kind of got tired of playing the mini-tours,” said the 24-year-old from West Palm Beach, Fla.

Dufner finished the week with four rounds in the 60s and has recorded all eight of his rounds on Tour below par. Rounds of 67-67-64-68-266 left him three strokes ahead of Jeff Gove (66), Todd Rose (68) and David Gossett (68). Dufner is No. 23 on the money list at $85,106.

“I was just trying to make no bogeys today,” said Dufner, who was bogeyfree Sunday and had only one the last 36 holes. “You always hear Tiger (Woods) talking about ‘If I can make no bogeys then I will do OK,’ and especially coming in with the lead I wanted those guys to catch me and not give up shots. It just worked out that way for me.”

Gossett recorded his fourth consecutive top-10 finish.

“It has been a good little road trip here recently,” said Gossett, ranked No. 11 on the money list with $116,288. “Two nines, a fifth and a second. I’m gaining on it.”

– From staff and wire reports

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