Dufner hoping extra preparation pays off at Augusta


ORLANDO, Fla. – It has been said that luck favors the prepared. If that saying holds true, few players, if any, will be as ready as Jason Dufner by the time he hits his first tee shot at the Masters on April 5.

Dufner, who moved clear of the field at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Friday with a second-round 69 for a 9-under total, plans to make his way to Augusta National next Wednesday with his swing coach, Chuck Cook, to begin preparations for the season’s first major.

Dufner will stay at Augusta until the tournament begins, a warm-up consisting of eight, nine-hole days.

“Last year at the PGA I kind of did something similar,” said Dufner, who began the final round at last year’s PGA with a share of the lead but lost a playoff to Keegan Bradley. “I did a lot of practice (at Atlanta Athletic Club), got there the Thursday before, played nine holes each day. We really took our time kind of learning that golf course.”

This will be Dufner’s second Masters start, he finished tied for 30th in 2010, and said that aside from the extra practice time a couple of extra days at Augusta National is never a bad thing.

“It’s a great place to be out on the golf course kind of by yourself,” he smiled.