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WATCH: Jason Dufner’s agonizing missed 3-footer cost him $300 grand

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Just 17 feet from the hole on the 18th green at The Players, Sunday, Jason Dufner looked like he could be on his way to a solo second-place finish (and $1.188 million) at TPC Sawgrass.

Dufner couldn’t convert on his 17-footer, leaving himself three feet to the hole. As this is a story about a man missing putts, you know what happened next, Dufner yanked his par attempt well left, before tapping in for bogey.

Regarding the second putt: The yips? Maybe. Bad putting? Certainly. Costly? Extremely.

Dufner’s T5 finish earned him a cool $418,000. Not bad, right? Well had he made the par putt, he’d have finished T2 and pocketed $726,000. And if he’d made the birdie, he’d have finished solo second, earning $1.188 million for his week’s work.

Here’s the putt, per Steve Scott on Twitter…

…and Clay Smitherman

Now, there are surely stories of this nature every week on Tour, but Dufner’s is a glaring example.

A good craftsman never blames his tools, but since this is GolfWRX, Dufner’s offending flatstick was seemed to be the Scotty Cameron Circle T T5S (SuperStroke PistolGTR Tour grip) we shot earlier this year.

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  1. Jack Nicholas

    May 17, 2018 at 10:50 am

    His putting method uses too much upper-body rotation. Too much method and not enough feel and flow.

  2. kevin

    May 15, 2018 at 9:19 am

    does anyone want to mention or comment on the fact jason dufner was +7.8 in strokes gained putting for the week. yes, he was in the top 3 of the best field of the year in putting for the week. yes it was an expensive miss, but he putted brilliantly for the week.

    • John

      May 16, 2018 at 7:53 am

      Well said, Kevin. No one putted worse than Jordan Spieth on Sunday and there’s not one comment or article about that.

  3. acew/7iron

    May 15, 2018 at 8:28 am

    Putting…It can make or break a round and what is so frustrating to me personally is that some people have it naturally like those kids you see playing piano & guitars at 7 years old. They never really practice putting outside of 10 minutes before they start…they get the speed correct and their misses seem to burn the edge on ever attempt.

    Jason does not have “the gift” and must work to overcome the demons of misses past. I feel his pain…The only progress I have made is I hold the putter in the same manner every time I putt now (unlike last season when I changed grips constantly) and I practice 2-3 times a week for a couple each visit to green. Im probably barely above average with the flat stick when compared to membership at my club.

  4. TeeBone

    May 14, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    It was about 4 1/2 feet. But I guess it sounds “better” when you say it’s less.

  5. steve

    May 14, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    He hit the ball about 1 inch off center and all that precious putter “MOI’ didn’t compensate his toe hit or errant putter head path. This goes to prove that all the heel-toe-back-weighted putter designs are totally useless and in fact scientifically deleterious. He lost it on the back stroke and the putter couldn’t rescue him because the putter weight MOI inertia could not be overcome. All you need is a Bullseye or Cashin putter!!!

  6. JThunder

    May 14, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    No one cares how a millionaire 1%er “lost” the amount of money the average person makes in 6 years… One man’s pocket change is another’s life-or-death income. Everyone responsible for that state of affairs should be ashamed.

    • F3H

      May 14, 2018 at 4:52 pm

      This is such an ignorant comment. As a member of this site you undoubtedly support the golf industry as a whole and, I’m sure, watch the PGA tour on television. In doing so, you are contributing to the current state of professional golf that allows these player to play for such large amounts of money.

    • the dude

      May 14, 2018 at 5:23 pm

      …dumb

    • kevin

      May 15, 2018 at 9:17 am

      yikes. what an useless comment. he’s a one percenter because he’s in the top .1% in the world at what he does.

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Looks like Tiger is exploring some innovative solutions to his putting woes…

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Tiger Woods was 39th in strokes gained: putting in 2018. Historically an excellent putter, Woods was hot-and-cold with the flatstick, even benching his soulmate Scotty Cameron Newport 2.

It looks like Woods may have an ace in the hole for the upcoming season, however, with respect to his green reading and putt sinking. Check out this video posted to his Instagram from the Tiger Woods Invitational on the Monterey Peninsula earlier this week.

Good thing the USGA is restricting the use of green-reading devices and technologies, because this kid looks close to cracking the eternal mystery of the perfect marriage of line and speed for every putt.

Cool stuff, though, isn’t it? It’s also cool to see Tiger so genuinely excited about his “mentee.”

We all know the story of how, after September 11, Woods re-evaluated his charitable endeavors and began to conceive of the Tiger Woods Learning Center. He’s spoken passionately about the students who have made their way through the various programs in the past, and there’s no doubt he cares deeply about the TGR Foundation’s efforts, but seeing a thin slice of that reality is awesome.

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The 7 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (10.11.18)

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If you’re on Instagram, you’re hopefully aware that we are ‘gramming it up as well (@golfwrx). And if you’re not following us, well, that hurts our feelings more than a three-putt bogey.

Even if you do follow WRX on Instagram, however, you may not be aware that an abundance of equipment enthusiasts are hashtagging their photos #GolfWRX. We feel it’s only right to feature the best of the WRX-tagged imagery here.

And if you’re not on Instagram, well there’s no way you could see these photos, so think of this series as a handy filter for the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Michael Martinez with a phenomenal custom Nike concept sketch in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Hispanic Heritage Month #golf #nikeshoes #leetrevino

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Worse than the blue screen of death…

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Sadness. #RadryGolf

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In the pantheon of golf tattoos, this one has to be featured prominently, no?

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Tattoo level: Tin Cup ???????? ???? via @pgamemes

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BB&F continues to reign as the ferrule king.

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Ferrule B

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Kraken’s latest ballmarker is hotter than a fire track.

With all due respect to aquatic creatures, these are the best kind of scallops.

A clean sole grind and stamping from Don White. Nothing like it.

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Made with a purpose.

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If you’re on Instagram, remember to hashtag your photos #GolfWRX. And if you’re not on Instagram, well, don’t.

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Report: No tickets will be sold for Tiger-Phil match

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Sorry, fans, you’re not going to be able to buy tickets to the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson $9 million megamatch at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, November 23.

Per a report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, only a “small gathering of sponsors and VIPs” will be allowed on course. The report also indicates that, in contrast to Phil Mickelson’s promised primetime (ET) showdown, the match will be played under the Nevada sun. The official start time is yet to be announced, ditto the PPV price.

We corrected the promo graphic below to eliminate the crowd. But right-handed Tiger Woods swinging a left-handed club still needs fixing.

Woods is the -220 favorite at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Mickelson is a +180 underdog.

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