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May 11 2011

5:13 PM

Dufner to help tornado victims in ‘Bama

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM Site Producer

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- The tornadoes that tore through Tuscaloosa, Ala., and the surrounding areas on April 27 left hundreds dead and left a trail of destruction so bad that Jason Dufner believes things are worse than even what’s been reported so far.

“A lot of small towns, pretty much all of north Alabama has been affected,” said Dufner, who played at Auburn and still lives in that town today. “A lot of people are still missing.”

That’s prompted Dufner to start a foundation called Birdies for ‘Bama. For every birdie Dufner makes beginning at this week’s PLAYERS Championship and through THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola, he’ll pledge $100 toward tornado relief efforts. For every eagle he makes, he’ll donate $500.

That should add up -- Dufner ranks 35th on TOUR in birdies with 158 and 57th in eagles with three in 10 starts this season.

Dufner hasn’t had a chance to return to the area since the tornadoes hit, but he said he plans to soon. When he does, he’ll do whatever he can to help.

“Being from Alabama we wanted to do something to help,” Dufner said. “So we’re going to get something going.”

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