KIAWAH ISLAND, SC - AUGUST 11: Jason Dufner of the United States hits off the tenth fairway during Round Three of the 94th PGA Championship at the Ocean Course on August 11, 2012 in Kiawah Island, South Carolina. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Jason Dufner won’t have to worry about sleeping through his tee time at The Barclays. The two-time PGA Tour winner, who’s in third place in the FedEx Cup standings and T19 after two rounds at this week’s Wyndham Championship, has decided just to skip next week’s first of four so-called playoff events to conserve his energy for the title drive.
"I’ve had a pretty heavy schedule since Firestone or so and I’m looking forward to the second part of the playoffs," Dufner told PGATour.com’s Helen Ross on Friday after posting a 67 in his second round at Sedgefield Country Club. "I’m just not going to be able to do eight out of nine weeks with the Tour Championship and Ryder Cup at the end of it."
Dufner was looking forward to a hectic couple of months, what with the FedEx Cup series leading up to the Ryder Cup next month at Medinah Country Club outside Chicago. After his third consecutive week in competition at a tourney he has played in for seven years, Dufner opted for some downtime before heading to the Deutsche Bank Championship over Labor Day weekend.
Dufner, who could oust Tiger Woods from his perch atop the FedEx Cup standings with a win this week, expected to be a factor in the Tour Championship FedEx Cup finale, but will take a brief hiatus to recharge his battery.
“Just need to get some rest. I am a little fatigued,” he told Ross about his decision not to play for six straight weeks, “and I’m just looking forward to playing two more days here in Greensboro."
Should Dufner need a reminder that skipping the first playoff match need not be a deterrent to hoisting the cup at East Lake, he need look no further than Jim Furyk. Missing The Barclays in 2010 certainly didn’t hurt Furyk, who -- prior his 5-hour Energy days -- famously overslept and missed his tee time at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J. Despite a faulty alarm clock, Furyk went on to win the FedEx Cup and collect its $10 million jackpot.