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

by   |   August 4, 2014
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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 Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team while earning a Masters in communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers, where he studied journalism.


24 Comments

  1. Enrique

    August 4, 2014 at 11:44 pm

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

  2. nikkyd

    August 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

  3. Greg

    August 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.

  4. Rich

    August 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

      August 5, 2014 at 1:02 am

      Doesn’t take much to snap a shaft.

      • Rich

        August 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

      August 6, 2014 at 5:41 pm

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

  5. ams165

    August 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…..

  6. EJ

    August 4, 2014 at 6:52 pm

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

  7. Mike

    August 4, 2014 at 5:23 pm

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

  8. MHendon

    August 4, 2014 at 4:33 pm

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

  9. tom frogley

    August 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!

  10. golfing

    August 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.

  11. Dakota

    August 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

      August 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

        August 4, 2014 at 4:01 pm

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

        • MHendon

          August 4, 2014 at 4:30 pm

          Another Nike hater.

        • Eric

          August 4, 2014 at 4:48 pm

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

        • bradford

          August 6, 2014 at 8:02 am

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

  12. Bacon

    August 4, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Awesome!

  13. C web

    August 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

      August 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

        August 4, 2014 at 11:14 pm

        He could have broomsticked it table top style

  14. Nick

    August 4, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Dufner is one cool dude.

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