Dufner’s in­ter­na­tional game plan

Geelong Advertiser - - WARRNAMBOOL - JUSTIN CHAD­WICK

AMER­I­CAN Ja­son Dufner be­lieves his game will ben­e­fit by play­ing golf tour­na­ments all around the world rather than con­fin­ing him­self to the US.

The World No. 10 is the favourite at this week’s $ 2 mil­lion Perth In­ter­na­tional at Lake Kar­rinyup, which also fea­tures 2011 US Masters win­ner Charl Schwartzel, for­mer world No.3 Paul Casey and world No.24 Bo Van Pelt.

Though Dufner plies his trade mainly in the US, he sets aside a por­tion of his year to play tour­na­ments around the world.

The 35-year-old said felt he owed it to golf fans to travel as much as he could.

‘‘I try to find three or four events i nter­na­tion­ally, whether they are here in Aus­tralia or maybe in Asia, and come over and ex­pe­ri­ence the golf and ex­pe­ri­ence the cul­tures that you get.

‘‘You ex­pe­ri­ence dif­fer­ent golf cour­ses, dif­fer­ent styles of play. It makes you bet­ter. It tests your game.

‘‘This golf course (in Perth) is a lot dif­fer­ent than what we see in the States.

‘‘Same thing when I go to Asia – a lot dif­fer­ent than what we see in the States. I think it makes you a bet­ter golfer.

‘‘This is my third year of do­ing this, and I re­ally can’t find a draw­back other than the ini­tial travel on the trip.

Dufner has claimed two vic­to­ries on the PGA Tour this year, snar­ing the Zurich Clas­sic of New Orleans and the HP By­ron Nel­son Cham­pi­onship.

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