Jason Dufner wants to watch Auburn in the SEC title game, Tiger says no
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Jason Dufner wants to watch Auburn in the SEC title game, Tiger says no

Jason Dufner has a scheduling conflict on Saturday, and he was hoping Tiger Woods might be able to help him out a little.

You see, Dufner is one of 18 guys scheduled to play at Sherwood C.C. in this week's Northwestern Mutual World Challenge in California. While he's playing in the exclusive event hosted by Tiger Woods, his Auburn Tigers will play in the SEC Championship Game against the Missouri Tigers with a potential trip to the BCS National Championship Game on the line.

What's a man to do? Dufner took to Twitter to ask Woods if he could shorten up his tournament, which benefits his foundation, so the PGA champion has a free Saturday. It didn't work.

But, Dufner can take things into his own hands and tank the first two rounds of the World Challenge. If he is in the first group out on Saturday, he'll start his round at 12:30 p.m. ET. If he plays in about 3 hours, he'll be done at 3:30 p.m. ET. The SEC title game kicks off at 4 p.m. ET.

If Dufner wants to War Eagle on Saturday, he'll have to avoid eagles -- and birdies -- at Sherwood.

There's a decent consolation prize either way, too. Dufner stands to make $120,000 for finishing in last at the World Challenge, or Auburn wins the SEC. But then the Eagles might be denied a shot at the national title. Then that would be bad.

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