This is not something that many of us can relate to from a sporting perspective, but we likely can at our work or job. Being “under the gun” for a period of time eventually wears one out. Dufner admitted that he had very little energy when he arrived at Colonial on Sunday. Then that lack of energy eventually caught up to him on the back nine as he was locked in a battle with Zach Johnson for the win at Ben Hogan’s old haunt.
Looking back to four weeks ago, just think about what he has done, and where his game has been. Winning twice, getting married, playing well at the Players, and then basically leading the Colonial for the first three and a half rounds – there is clearly joy here, but the pressure of being on top and leading for this extended period of time will eventually wear you down. Some say that “sleeping on the lead” often means, in reality, very little sleep; and Dufner was leading all days.
It has been a fun but exhausting ride, and will be interesting to see if he can re-charge those batteries by taking three weeks off leading up to the US Open. Just think, Dufner was ranked #34 in the world just about 8 or 10 weeks ago. With the two wins and this weekend’s runner up spot, he has moved to #8 in the world!! No one would have predicted this rise for Dufner. And, he is the current money leader on the tour at $3.8M!…Maybe exhausted but a truly fulfilling ride for Jason Dufner.