On the PGA Tour, there might not be a more difficult test of nerves than coming down the stretch on a Sunday, in contention, trying to hold off the 70-plus players battling for the spot atop the leader board, all while trying to win your first tournament.
Titleist Brand Ambassador Jason Dufner spoke to Team Titleist about what was running through his mind as he faced that kind of challenge earlier this year at the Zurich Classic.
After hitting his tee shot into the water, Dufner steadied his nerves, walked up to his Pro V1 golf ball with a Vokey wedge in hand and landed his approach shot 50 feet from the hole.
While he admits to having some less-than-positive thoughts initially running through his head, that all changed as he stepped up to his 50 footer.
“It just happened to be in a spot that I had been in previously the year before. Pretty similar, probably within probably two paces of where I putted from the year before,” said Dufner.
“I made the putt the year before and for whatever reason I knew that put was going to go in on that 16th hole.”
That shot ended up being the difference maker for Dufner. He made it into the playoff and went on to win the tournament to secure his first career victory on tour and kickstart a season that included two wins, eight top-10 finishes and 21 cuts made in 22 tournaments.
Hear more from Jason in the video above and stay tuned for even more Team Titleist Shots of the Year.
And don’t forget to check out the earlier installments below.
Team Titleist Shots of the Year: Louis Oosthuizen Edition
Team Titleist Shots of the Year: Rickie Fowler Edition