By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Jason Dufner can't seem to catch a break these days.
When his alma mater Auburn plays Missouri for the SEC football championship on Saturday, he won't be able to watch because he'll be in the middle of the third round of the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club.
Dufner joked on Twitter that tournament host Tiger Woods should reschedule his event to 36 holes on Thursday and Friday so he could see the game.
Woods shot back, "petition denied."
Should Auburn beat Missouri (and Ohio State lose to Michigan State) to reach the BCS national championship, Dufner will again be busy. He'll be playing in the final round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Maui.
Kickoff for the BCS title game is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Hawaii time. The final round at Kapalua should end around 3 p.m.
"This golf is really bad timing right now because of football season," Dufner joked on Tuesday. "My wife is always crying if you can believe that because (the Hyundai TOC) is right around the national championship and Alabama is always playing and we got to go to Maui."
Dufner and his wife, an Alabama alum, were at the Auburn-Alabama game when the Tigers' Chris Davis returned a missed field goal 100 yards for the winning touchdown as time expired.
"It was a pretty awesome setting," he said. "I had to watch myself a little, though, because my wife was right next to me.
"She took it not so good for a while, but she was a good sport about it. She had a bad feeling about it going into the game."
Dufner did not, though.
Once Auburn beat Georgia, he thought they'd have a pretty good chance against Alabama.
"I had them pegged for 7 or 8 or 9 wins, then they got hot," said Dufner, who unlike much of the crowd didn't run onto the field afterward. "It's pretty remarkable, the job that (head coach) Gus Malzahn has done, especially since it's basically the same team as last year except for quarterback."
By PGATOUR.COM staff
Looks like Jason Dufner will have a wee bit of a conflict when he tees off in the third round of the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge.
That's because his third-ranked Auburn Tigers battle No. 5 Missouri for the SEC title on Saturday -- and the kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET. The third round at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif., is scheduled to end at 6 p.m. ET.
In fact, Dufner even took to Twitter in an attempt to resolve his dilemma.
Dear Mr @TigerWoods I petition the event this week to play 36 holes Thurs and Friday,so I can watch my beloved Auburn play for SEC champ thx— Jason Dufner (@JasonDufner) December 2, 2013
About three hours later, Woods tweeted: @Jason Dufner Petition denied.
Of course, Woods, who hosts the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge, also has a team playing for a conference championship on Saturday. But his Stanford Cardinal, ranked seventh, plays No. 11 Arizona State at 7:45 p.m. ET so he'll have plenty of time to get in front of the TV.
Dufner isn't the only War Eagle product on TOUR -- Will Claxton, Lee Williams and Gary Christian also went to Auburn but they control their own schedules this weekend. Ditto for Alex Aragon, who is the other former Stanford golfer on TOUR.
There are nine former Arizona State golfers on TOUR -- Phil Mickelson, Pat Perez, Billy Mayfair, Ricky Barnes, Paul Casey, Chez Reavie, Joey Snyder III, Matt Jones and Benjamin Alvarado. None are playing at Sherwood this year.
Perez even had a solution for Dufner, the reigning PGA champ: @JasonDufner @TigerWoods. You gotta play worse Duf during the year so you have time off like me to watch all the good stuff
Meanwhile, surprising Duke faces an uphill battle in its Atlantic Coast Conference championship game against undefeated and top-ranked Florida State at 8 p.m. ET. Duke grads Joe Ogilvie, Kevin Streelman and Wes Roach represent the Blue Devils on TOUR while Jonas Blixt and George McNeill represent the Seminoles.
Nick Watney and Kevin Sutherland will have a vested interest in No. 23 Fresno State's game with Utah State at 10 p.m. ET to decide the Mountain West Conference title, as well. Both played for the Bulldogs.
PGATOUR.COM is unveiling its top 10 moments of the 2013 season. The videos will be introduced on weekdays for the last two weeks of November. Check back each day for our favorites from the 2013 PGA TOUR Season.
|Top 10 Moments of the 2013 PGA TOUR Season|
||Nov. 18||Garcia hits shot from a tree at Arnold Palmer Invitational|
||Nov. 19||Reed escapes from the trees to win Wyndham Championship|
||Nov. 20||Woods dominates elite field at Bridgestone Invitational|
||Nov. 21||Dufner ties majors scoring record, wins PGA Championship|
||Nov. 22||Rose's historic approach on No. 18 at Merion to secure U.S. Open|
||Nov. 25||Spieth's incredible bunker shot during John Deere playoff|
||Nov. 26||Stenson wins the FedExCup|
||Nov. 27||Furyk shoots 59 in second round of BMW Championship|
||Nov. 28||Mickelson cards final-round 66 to win The Open Championship|
||Nov. 29||Scott's putt to force a playoff at The Masters|
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Auburn alum Jason Dufner was honored for his victory at the PGA Championship during the Auburn-Georgia football game on Saturday. Dufner has continued to live in the Auburn area long after starring for the Tigers, and he's become a fixture on the sidelines of games.
Prior to the game, Dufner joined 'This Week in SEC Football' to discuss his assessment of Gus Malzahn, if Auburn can upset Alabama in the Iron Bowl, and much more.
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Zach Johnson holed his wedge shot on the final hole to seal the 4 & 3 win with American teammate Jason Dufner over the International duo of Marc Leishman and Richard Sterne in their Foursomes match at The Presidents Cup.
The International Team led 2 up after six holes. At the seventh, they had the advantage after Leishman's quality approach but ended up three-putting to halve the hole. "A momentum shift," Dufner said. From there, Dufner hit several crisp irons and the Americans started winning holes. Birdies at the eighth, ninth and 11th holes gave the U.S. the lead. They ended up winning the last three holes, with Johnson holing out from the fairway for eagle at the par-5 15th.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Jason Dufner. "He got the radar locked on about 3-4 shots," Johnson said.
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