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The Tour Report

December 3 2013

4:18 PM

Golf and football intersect for Dufner

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."