There are a few overseas tripped planned by Jason Dufner, starting with the European Tour stop in Qatar in two weeks. It means Dufner will not tee it up at the Farmers Insurance Open.
He’ll also play at the Volvo Open in China in May (opposite the Zurich Classic of New Orleans) and at the BMW International in Germany in late June (instead of the AT&T National).
New Orleans is a tough omission, Dufner conceded, because he earned his first PGA Tour win there, “but sometimes you can’t pass up a great offer.”
He will do the overseas trips without longtime caddie and friend Kevin Baille, who is working with a sore shoulder these days and is intent on getting that squared away.
Last week in Hawaii, it was fitting that a college football enthusiast such as Dufner would draw June Jones as a pro-am partner at the Sony Open.
Jones, head coach at SMU, still has strong ties to the Honolulu area. From 1999-2007, he was head coach at the University of Hawaii; he still spends a lot of time in the area and is a member at Waialae CC.
“Talked a little college football,” said Dufner, who did not follow Jones’ lead and play barefoot, which is fairly common in those parts. “My feet are too ugly.”