Jason Dufner: Iron Bowl had me more pumped than winning the PGA
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Jason Dufner: Iron Bowl had me more pumped than winning the PGA


If you've seen Jason Dufner play golf, you know he doesn't get too worked up inside the the ropes. You might not know that if you talked Auburn football with the man, though.

The Auburn product came to the Alabama campus almost 20 years ago with little idea of the school, its traditions and school-defining rivalry with the University of Alabama. That quickly changed, however, leading Dufner to not only become a huge fan of the school's football program, but to now live just steps from campus.

Still, you'd think the 2013 PGA champion would say he was more pumped to win a major -- and shoot a major championship record-tying 63 in the process -- than to watch the Auburn-'Bama rivalry game known as the Iron Bowl, right? Even if it was the Kick-6 miracle ending from a year ago. Nope.

In a guest column for the Wall St. Journal, Dufner said that 109-yard field goal return for a game-winning touchdown moved him more than the Wanamaker.

"Last year’s Iron Bowl will forever be etched in my mind. I can honestly say I’ve never seen a better football game. For that matter, I don’t think I’ve ever heard of one," Dufner wrote.

"I’ve been in the heat of final rounds at major championships and in the Ryder Cup, and I have never felt adrenaline like I did when Chris Davis did the improbable and returned Alabama’s missed field goal 109 yards to win the game as time expired. I’m pretty sure I have never reacted to a moment with such excitement."

Then again, Dufner reacted to winning the PGA at Oak Hill by lightly grabbing the butt of his wife Amanda, an Alabama grad. Maybe subtlety is better.

Found via Eye on Golf

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