It all started when Jason Dufner, one of the PGA Tour’s top young players, visited a school in Texas for a pre-tournament charity event. Sitting on the floor with his back against a wall, Dufner – one of the Tour’s more laid-back players – seemed to drift off, staring straight ahead, his feet splayed in front of him.
“What can I say? I was tired, my back hurt from sitting on the floor, and we were talking about relaxation and focusing,” Dufner told Golf World magazine. A video reporter from a Dallas TV station recorded the moment, her sports anchor posted it on Twitter, and voila: “Dufnering” was born.
You can see it for yourself on YouTube, or catch photos of Dufner’s fellow players mimicking his out-of-it pose. Or, better yet, you can see the original during the upcoming RBC Heritage
, April 15-21 at Hilton Head’s Harbour Town Golf Links
Dufner is one of a half-dozen players to recently add their names to the lineup for South Carolina’s only annual PGA Tour stop. Joining him will be Sweden’s Peter Hanson, former Alabama player Bud Cauley, recent Houston Open winner D.A. Points, “Golf Boys” member Ben Crane and England’s Brian Davis, the 2010 Heritage runner-up.
Dufner, a two-time PGA Tour winner in 2012, played on last year’s U.S. Ryder Cup team, and will make his eighth Heritage appearance. Hanson, with seven international victories but winless in the U.S., tied for third at the 2012 Masters and also played in the most recent Ryder Cup, for the European team; this is his second Heritage.
Points snapped a two-year win drought in Houston; his previous win was at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, playing with comedian (and part-time Charleston
resident) Bill Murray. Cauley, a three-time All-American, has a Hilton Head connection, having won the 2009 Players Amateur in Bluffton.
Crane, with four wins on the PGA Tour, is best known for teaming with Masters champion Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler (also a past Players Am winner) and Hunter Mahan in their video spoofs of boy bands, aka “Golf Boys” (Crane’s the one wearing the old-style pilot’s headgear and goggles). Davis, who tied for sixth at Houston, lost the Heritage to Jim Furyk in a playoff three years ago when his shot attempt from a hazard brushed a reed on his backstroke, and he called a two-shot penalty on himself.
The RBC Heritage field, perhaps the strongest in years, will compete for a $5.8 million purse and $1.044 million first-place money. For tickets and/or information, call (843) 671-2448, or go to www.rbcheritage.com