Wife doesn't let Dufner WD for SEC title game


In the midst of the madness at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Jason Dufner didn’t dare gloat about Auburn’s improbable win over No. 1-ranked Alabama on Saturday.

His wife, Amanda, is an Alabama grad.

“I didn’t want to get smacked around,” he said Wednesday on the Dan Patrick Show. “I’ve got to live with her the other 364 days of the year.”

Still, Auburn’s win for the ages also caused an uncomfortable scenario for Dufner. He is competing in this week’s Northwestern Mutual World Challenge, a no-cut event in California. Third-round tee times usually begin around noon or 1 p.m. ET. Kickoff begins at 4 p.m. ET.  

“It’s gonna be rough,” he said.

Dufner said he still doesn’t quite know how to handle the scheduling conflict on Saturday. His caddie for the week, Adam Hayes, might need to routinely check the score. His wife might need to text him updates. 

On Monday, Dufner jokingly asked Tiger Woods on Twitter whether he could shorten the event to 36 holes. Woods’ reply: “Petition denied.”

After the win Saturday, Dufner wondered whether he should withdraw from the 18-man event so he can go to the SEC Championship game in Atlanta. 

“Nope,” his wife said, “you’ve had five weeks off. You need to go back out there and make some money.” 

Hey, at least Alabama won that matchup.