Dufner contending for first PGA Tour win at Transitions


Many top golfers say things like the Official World Golf Ranking will take care of itself if they win. Jason Dufner doesn't know the feeling.

Dufner, currently sitting just one stroke off the lead at the Transitions Championship, is looking for his first win in 160 career PGA Tour starts. Ranked No. 39 on the ladder, Dufner said he thought he was one of a few in the current top 50 without a win.

'I was like, well, you've played some pretty good golf, but all of these guys seem to have won,' Dufner said Friday.

The self-aware Auburn product is not entirely right. Ahead of Dufner, five players do not have a PGA Tour win.

Peter Hanson, Thomas Bjorn, Alvaro Quiros, Simon Dyson and Rickie Fowler all lack a PGA Tour victory in their careers. The Europeans, however, have all won events on their home tour, including two wins for Hanson in 2010. Fowler won the Korea Open last fall.

That's not to say Dufner does not value his three runner-up finishes on the PGA Tour.

'It's a good thing that I've played that well to be ranked that high without a victory, because the victories really jump you up in the World Ranking,' he said.

Then again, Dufner is not without a win. He has two wins on the Nationwide Tour to his credit, in 2001 and 2006.