Auburn alumni Jason Dufner returned to Auburn Sunday night after winning the PGA Championship. Fans and reporters greeted Dufner at the airport upon his arrival.
"It's neat to think about what happened," Dufner told reporters standing on the tarmac. "I'm starting to get it as it sinks in. My name is on this trophy with a lot of unbelievable players and no body can ever take that away."
Just a few hours after Jason
Dufner won the PGA championship, his plane touched down in Auburn.
Jason Dufner wanted to
share his big moment with Auburn fans in the town he loves most. He signed
autographs took pictures with fans, holding on to the Wanamaker Trophy the
"The trophy will be in the house somewhere,"
said Jason Dufner. "That is for my wife to decide. We will find a good spot for
it and keep it polished."
Dufner's college coach
says he has worked extremely hard to be one of the world's best golfers. He was
not a big time recruit.
"He was an
unknown to me," said former Auburn Coach Mike Griffin. "Jason was not even an
invited walk on. He was a pure walk on."
The Internet sensation
known as "Dufnering" is no longer what Jason Dufner is known for the
Dufner says he knew that
if he won the trophy, Auburn fans would come out with their toilet paper, and
maybe even start Dufnering.
"Yeah, that is what I
heard," said Dufner. "People got some things on Twitter yesterday. They were
talking about if I won, they would do it. I saw pictures. That was pretty cool."
And strands of the toilet
paper still flow in the wind at Toomer's Corner. Jason Dufner is a major
champion, and he has a large group of fans celebrating with him.
standing off to the edge of the crowd. I don't know how, but he picked me out
of the crowd. He comes over with that trophy and presents it to me and lets me
hold it with him. That was a special moment. Real special, yeah," Griffin said.
Dufner says he will take a week off of golf.
Then he will work towards the FedEx cup playoffs and the President's Cup.
With a two-stroke victory over Jim Furyk, Dufner won his first major title. Dufner bogeyed the final two holes Sunday for a 2-under 68 that was good enough to hold off the 2003 U.S. Open champion. The winning score was 10-under 270.
Henrik Stenson finished three shots back.
Dufner made up for the heartache of the 2011 PGA, when he went to the 15th tee with a four-stroke lead in Atlanta. He dunked that shot in the water, squandered the advantage and lost to Keegan Bradley in a playoff.
There was no such collapse on another warm, sunny day at Oak Hill.
From tee to green, Dufner was nearly perfect. If not for a bit of a shaky putter, the margin would've been even more.