While the reigning PGA champion appears to be hitting his prime, he told SBNation at a charity event last week in Massachusetts that he may call it quits as a competitive golfer sooner than many would expect.
"I'm not going to be one of those guys who plays on the senior (Champions) tour. It's not for me," Dufner said. "(I have) maybe another five years left of doing this (playing professional golf) and then onto something else."
Dufner is a relatively late bloomer among the professional ranks, having won for the first time on the PGA Tour at age 35, and he turned 37 in March. Dufner made over $3.1 million in on-course earnings last season, a campaign highlighted by his major triumph at Oak Hill, and is currently 62nd on the PGA Tour's career money list with more than $17.1 million in earnings.
This is not the first time a player with multiple PGA Tour wins has discussed an early retirement. Boo Weekley has hinted for years that he plans to leave competitive golf at some point in favor of a full schedule of hunting and fishing, a strategy he reiterated to Rex Hoggard in a recent episode of "For the Record."