Daniel Summerhays yells after hitting on the third tee during the final round of the Memorial golf tournament, Sunday, June 4, 2017, in Dublin, Ohio.
However, it hardly mattered Sunday as Dufner captured the Memorial Tournament with a bogey-free back nine to cap off a final-round 4-under 68.
Jason Dufner never lost sight of the big picture even after losing a big lead.
Dufner dominated the opening two days in OH and set a new 36-hole scoring record with a pair of 65s, dropping only one shot in the process, but he endured a horror-show on the slick greens on Saturday and slumped to a five-over 77.
He carded a 68 for a 13-under total of 203. He was joined by Jamie Lovemark (69) and Justin Thomas (71). By the end of the day, his nearest challenger was Daniel Summerhays, who was third in the US PGA championship past year and yesterday shot a 69 to lie five shots off Dufner.
LPGA: Anna Nordqvist, the two-time defending champion at the ShopRite LPGA Classic, shot a 7-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round in Galloway Township, New Jersey.
"Yesterday I was pretty disappointed, especially (after) how well I played the first two days", he said in a greenside interview after being congratulated by Nicklaus.
"I just got off to a bad start". He had two fantastic days.
World No.3 Day, a Columbus resident and Muirfield member, fought back to two-over and sits a shot inside the projected cut of three-over.
Johnson's round was marred by a triple-bogey at the par-three 16th, where his tee shot found the pond guarding the green, before he compounded his misery by three-putting. "It's the US Open; it's going to be mentally and physically demanding".
"That's pretty good company to have", Dufner said. Dufner found his worst trait in putting was not having a consistent routine and getting too fast, nearly as if he wanted to get it over with quickly.
"And then coming down the stretch at the PGA Championship a year ago, having a chance to honestly win until Jimmy (Walker) and Jason (Day) kind of pulled away right at the last minute". Then he stopped making bogeys at all, seizing control on the back nine.
Dufner drove into the right rough, and after the second storm delay of the afternoon, chopped out, wedged onto the green, and drained his 32-foot, 7-inch par putt, pumping his fist.
Suddenly, he can start thinking about reaching the Tour Championship and possibly playing in the Presidents Cup. For three years, he opted to skip the Memorial.
The 29-year-old former Texas A&M player earned $117,000 to jump from 50th to fifth on the money list with $152,528 in his rookie season.
"I feel like if I wanted to have a chance to win today that I needed to hit it close", he said.