Tuesday Tee-Off – May 1

Dufner wins in the Big Easy.

It took 164 tries, including two near-misses in previous playoffs, but the calm, cool and collected Jason Dufner is finally a winner on the PGA TOUR. He holds off Ernie Els for the victory in a playoff. Dufner and Els both finished at 19-under, sharing the tournament record for low scores. It was Els’ putter that betrayed him again as he missed a birdie putt 72nd hole for the outright win, forcing extra holes, along with a 6-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to win. Dufner collected $1.15 million for his efforts this past week, which should definitely help out him and his bride-to-be, set to be married this weekend in Alabama.

It’s pronounced “De-LET”

Graham DeLaet’s name was only mispronounced once this weekend but the broadcast teams should start getting used to saying it, especially after a really impressive finish by the Weyburn, Saskatchewan native. DeLaet shared the lead heading into the fourth round and posted a solid 2-under 70 to finish in a tie for fourth. Fellow Canuck David Hearn, coming off a t-11 last week, finished t-24. Richard Scott, another Canadian competing on the Nationwide Tour, also finished t-4 at his tournament, and took to Twitter to congratulate DeLaet.

Tiger Woods’ Social Conference

Late last week, Woods announced on Twitter he would occasionally bypass the traditional press conference with media members and strictly answer questions from fans via a video posted to his website. Monday afternoon the first video was posted. Aside from being pretty dry, I really don’t mind Woods attempting to reach out to his fans via social media (key word: attempting. Social media is supposed to be an organic engagement tool, not something your agent suggests would be good to use), and I think this is actually a positive thing. Could use a couple of tweaks to the format, but it seems as though the people who are most ‘offended’ by this are the guys in the media who, essentially, got the snub from Woods this week. Woods stays as the most interesting ticket in golf because week-in and week-out, he could win, miss the cut, withdraw because of injury, or just finish t-15 and nothing would be surprising. But, we’ll keep coming back for more.

Quail hunting season

The PGA TOUR heads to North Carolina for the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hallow this week, a course, and event, that has gained a lot of notoriety over the last few seasons. Past champions include Rory McIlroy, Jim Furyk, reigning RBC Canadian Open champ Sean O’Hair, and the aforementioned Woods. McIlroy is looking to regain his world no.1 ranking after Luke Donald took it over last week, so look for him to contend. I also have some good feelings this week about Phil Mickelson, Zach Johnson, and the roommates Rickie Fowler (a sixth and t-16 his last two starts at Quail Hallow) and Cameron Tringale (three straight top-10 finishes the last three weeks).

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