Dufner inks clothing deal with Vineyard Vines

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Despite spending much of 2014 on the disabled list, Jason Dufner will begin the new year with a new clothing endorsement.

Dufner has signed a deal with Vineyard Vines, a self-described "preppy" clothing manufacturer whose list of previous golf endorsers includes LPGA star Stacy Lewis. Dufner will don the company's expanded line of golf apparel, which features a pink whale on the left sleeve and which will go on sale to the public beginning this fall.

After winning the PGA Championship in 2013, Dufner battled injury last year while recording only two top-10 finishes since April. He has not teed it up in the U.S. since August, when he withdrew from the PGA Championship because of a bulging disc in his neck.

Dufner did make three starts abroad in the fall after rehabbing his injury, including a T-10 finish at the WGC-HSBC Champions in November, and is expected to return to competition next week at the Humana Challenge,