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Jason Dufner gives away his putter, putts with a 3 wood

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If you check out Jason Dufner’s WITB you’ll see a putter, but he didn’t end the 2014 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational with one in the bag.

According to reports, Dufner gave away his Scotty Cameron Futura X5r putter to a young fan on hole No. 10 on Sunday, meaning he had to play nearly the entire back nine without a putter. He finished T66 for the week, so it didn’t exactly cost him his fourth PGA Tour win. Tournament statistics show that he finished 69th in putting average for the week out of the 72 players that finished the event.

Shane Ryan from Grantland.com spoke with Dufner following the round to confirm:

“Jason,” Ryan said, “I heard a story that you gave your putter away to a kid yesterday. I wanted to make sure it was true.”

“Yup.” Dufner said.

“Was that on No. 12?” Ryan asked.

“Ten.” Dufner answered.

“What did you putt with?” Ryan asked.

“3 wood.” Dufner answered.

Not a ravishing conversational exchange, but we get the point. He was frustrated on the greens, was putting terrible and instead of snapping the putter he decided to make one of his fans very happy. Actually, not a bad move on Dufner’s part.

He shot a final-round 77 after starting with a 4-over par 39. Not too bad considering his “putter” for the last eight holes had about 15 degrees of loft.

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Andrew Tursky is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX. He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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25 Comments

  1. KCCO

    Aug 18, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    Classy dude….rather then literally voice frustration, just handing a putter over to a lucky kid, made someone’s day, didn’t make a poor example and WD/Quit.

  2. Enrique

    Aug 4, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Love the guy. Just a plain dude telling it like it is.

  3. nikkyd

    Aug 4, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Thats classy. I alsways though he was arrogant and cocky until his interview with david feherty. It just turns out that hes really awkward and shy

  4. Greg

    Aug 4, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Man thats awesome, Dufner can’t even imagine what he did for that kid. I’ve thought about snapping mine over my knee many times.

  5. Rich

    Aug 4, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    The only option for him to not see it again I’d say. Don’t think he could snap a club across his knee like Stenson did at the open – actually, doesn’t look like he could snap a club at all. Don’t think Duf is much of a gym junky. Must be doing something right with a wife as pretty as Amanda. Good luck to him.

    • MHendon

      Aug 5, 2014 at 1:02 am

      Doesn’t take much to snap a shaft.

      • Rich

        Aug 5, 2014 at 1:25 am

        Still don’t think he could. Actually he probably couldn’t be bothered even if he actually could.

    • Jack F

      Aug 6, 2014 at 5:41 pm

      If Woody Austin can break one with his head, I think Dufner would have no problem

  6. ams165

    Aug 4, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    I wonder what Mr. Cameron thinks about him giving away a Hand Made.

    Hopefully the kids father isn’t a Club Cameron Member.

    But very cool nonetheless…..

  7. EJ

    Aug 4, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Time for Dufner to hit an Odyssey. Come over to the dark side.

  8. Mike

    Aug 4, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    What’s this cut thing you referred to during a WGC event?

  9. MHendon

    Aug 4, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Due to the positive reaction this is getting we’ll start seeing other players do it, guaranteed.

  10. tom frogley

    Aug 4, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    What a top bloke! I’m sure all he wanted to do was snap that thing over his knee…. But giving it to a kid in the crowd .. thats classy. He may have had a rough day, but for that kid it probably made his summer!

  11. golfing

    Aug 4, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    Great to see they are not machines, they have feelings to, and some
    deal with it like a Sir, I´m a new Dufner fan to.

  12. Dakota

    Aug 4, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    That kid needs to put with that thing the rest of his life, the story alone is awesome probably the only time a professional golfer will give a putter away in the middle of a round.

    • C web

      Aug 4, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      If Tiger gave away his driver it would be an even bigger story:
      1. He would score better
      2. There’s a chance a happy Golfwrx ‘er finally gets his hands on one of those ellusive nike prototype drivers

      • Robeli

        Aug 4, 2014 at 4:01 pm

        Maybe it’s the Nike driver that’s crap.

        • MHendon

          Aug 4, 2014 at 4:30 pm

          Another Nike hater.

        • Eric

          Aug 4, 2014 at 4:48 pm

          Rory seems to be doing pretty well with his Nike driver.

        • bradford

          Aug 6, 2014 at 8:02 am

          …or maybe his driver stats were never really that good to begin with?

  13. Bacon

    Aug 4, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Awesome!

  14. C web

    Aug 4, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Did he belly it ? Or Kuchar’d it ? He is not that tall, guess he could have even broomsticked it

    • MHendon

      Aug 4, 2014 at 4:32 pm

      Broomsticked it, come on man he’d have to be like 4’11”. He’s not that short.

      • C web

        Aug 4, 2014 at 11:14 pm

        He could have broomsticked it table top style

  15. Nick

    Aug 4, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Dufner is one cool dude.

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David Duval WITB 2018

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Equipment accurate as of the 2018 Zurich Classic (4/24/2018). 

Driver: Cobra King F8+ (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubish Tensei Orange CK 60TX

Fairway Woods: Cobra King F8+ (12.5 & 17.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubish Tensei Blue CK 70TX

Irons: Cobra King Forged C8 (3-PW)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Cobra King (50, 52, 56)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (50), Nippon N.S. Pro WV125 Tour Only (52, 56)

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Newport
Grip: Ping Pistol

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K.J. Choi WITB 2018

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2018 Valero Texas Open (4/18/2018).

Driver: Ping G400 Max (9 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI-6x

Driver: Ping G400 Max (9 degrees)
Shaft: Ozik Matrix MFS M5 60X

3 Wood: Ping G400 (14.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI-7x

5 Wood: Ping G400 (17.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI-8x

Hybrid: Ping G400 (22 degrees)
Shaft: Atlus Tour H8

Irons: Ping G400 (4-PW)
Shaft: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 Tour 120X

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 (50-12SS, 54-12SS, 58-10)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Ping Sigma G Wolverine T
Grip: Ping Pistol

Putter: Ping PLF ZB3
Grip: Super Stroke KJ

Putter: Ping Sigma Vault Anser 2
Grip: Ping Pistol

WITB Notes: We spotted Choi testing a number of clubs at the Valero Texas Open. We will update this post when we have his 14-club setup confirmed. 

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I tried the great Golfboarding experiment… here’s how it went

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Corica Park Golf Course is not exactly the first place you’d expect to find one of the most experimental sports movements sweeping the nation. Sitting on a pristine swath of land along the southern rim of Alameda Island, deep in the heart of the San Francisco Bay, the course’s municipal roots and no-frills clubhouse give it an unpretentious air that seems to fit better with Sam Snead’s style of play than, say, Rickie Fowler’s.

Yet here I am, one perfectly sunny morning on a recent Saturday in December planning to try something that is about as unconventional as it gets for a 90-year-old golf course.

It’s called Golfboarding, and it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like: an amalgam of golf and skateboarding, or maybe surfing. The brainchild of surfing legend Laird Hamilton — who can be assumed to have mastered, and has clearly grown bored of, all normal sports — Golfboarding is catching on at courses throughout the country, from local municipal courses like Corica Park to luxury country clubs like Cog Hill and TPC Las Colinas. Since winning Innovation Of the Year at the PGA Merchandising Show in 2014, Golfboards can now be found at 250 courses and have powered nearly a million rounds of golf already. Corica Park currently owns eight of them.

The man in pro shop gets a twinkle in his eyes when our foursome tells him we’d like to take them out. “Have you ridden them before?” he asks. When we admit that we are uninitiated, he grins and tells us we’re in for a treat.

But first, we need to sign a waiver and watch a seven-minute instructional video. A slow, lawyerly voice reads off pedantic warnings like “Stepping on the golfboard should be done slowly and carefully” and “Always hold onto the handlebars when the board is in motion.” When it cautions us to “operate the board a safe distance from all…other golfboarders,” we exchange glances, knowing that one of us will more than likely break this rule later on.

Then we venture outside, where one of the clubhouse attendants shows us the ropes. The controls are pretty simple. One switch sends it forward or in reverse, another toggles between low and high gear. To make it go, there’s a throttle on the thumb of the handle. The attendant explains that the only thing we have to worry about is our clubs banging against our knuckles.

“Don’t be afraid to really lean into the turns,” he offers. “You pretty much can’t roll it over.”

“That sounds like a challenge,” I joke. No one laughs.

On a test spin through the parking lot, the Golfboard feels strong and sturdy, even when I shift around on it. It starts and stops smoothly with only the slightest of jerks. In low gear its top speed is about 5 mph, so even at full throttle it never feels out of control.

The only challenge, as far as I can tell, is getting it to turn. For some reason, I’d expected the handlebar to offer at least some degree of steering, but it is purely for balance. The thing has the Ackerman angle of a Mack Truck, and you really do have to lean into the turns to get it to respond. For someone who is not particularly adept at either surfing or skateboarding, this comes a little unnaturally. I have to do a number of three-point turns in order to get back to where I started and make my way over to the first tee box.

We tee off and climb on. The fairway is flat and wide, and we shift into high gear as we speed off toward our balls. The engine had produced just the faintest of whirrs as it accelerated, but it is practically soundless as the board rolls along at full speed. The motor nevertheless feels surprisingly powerful under my feet (the drivetrain is literally located directly underneath the deck) as the board maintains a smooth, steady pace of 10 mph — about the same as a golf cart. I try making a couple of S curves like I’d seen in the video and realize that high-speed turning will take a little practice for me to get right, but that it doesn’t seem overly difficult.

Indeed, within a few holes I might as well be Laird himself, “surfing the earth” from shot to shot. I am able to hold the handlebar and lean way out, getting the board to turn, if not quite sharply, then at least closer to that of a large moving van than a full-sized semi. I take the hills aggressively (although the automatic speed control on the drivetrain enables it to keep a steady pace both up and down any hills, so this isn’t exactly dangerous), and I speed throughout the course like Mario Andretti on the freeway (the company claims increased pace-of-play as one of the Golfboard’s primary benefits, but on a Saturday in the Bay Area, it is impossible avoid a five-hour round anyway.)

Gliding along, my feet a few inches above the grass, the wind in my face as the fairways unfurl below my feet, it is easy to see Golfboards as the next evolution in mankind’s mastery of wheels; the same instincts to overcome inertia that brought us bicycles, rollerblades, scooters, skateboards, and more recent inventions such as Segways, Hoverboards and Onewheels are clearly manifest in Golfboards as well. They might not offer quite the same thrill as storming down a snowy mountainside or catching a giant wave, but they are definitely more fun than your standard golf cart.

Yet, there are obvious downsides as well. The attendant’s warning notwithstanding, my knuckles are in fact battered and sore by the time we make the turn, and even though I rearrange all my clubs into the front slots of my bag, they still rap my knuckles every time I hit a bump. Speaking of which, the board’s shock absorber system leaves something to be desired, as the ride is so bumpy that near the end I start to feel as if I’ve had my insides rattled. Then there is the unforgivable fact of its missing a cup holder for my beer.

But these are mere design flaws that might easily be fixed in the next generation of Golfboards. (A knuckle shield is a must!) My larger problem with Golfboards is what they do to the game itself. When walking or riding a traditional cart, the moments in between shots are a time to plan your next shot, or to chat about your last shot, or to simply find your zen out there among the trees and the birds and the spaciousness of the course. Instead, my focus is on staying upright.

Down the stretch, I start to fade. The muscles in my core have endured a pretty serious workout, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to muster the strength for my golf swing. It is no coincidence that my game starts to unravel, and I am on the way to one of my worst rounds in recent memory.

Walking off the 18th green, our foursome agrees that the Golfboards were fun — definitely worth trying — but that we probably wouldn’t ride them again. Call me a purist, but as someone lacking Laird Hamilton’s physical gifts, I’m happy to stick to just one sport at a time.

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