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PGA TOUR WHAT IT MEANS: April 29, 2012 — New Orleans

Posted By Jeremy Schilling On Apr 29 2012 @ 8:58 pm In PGA | No Comments

Here’s this week’s What It Means:

1) Congrats to Jason Dufner, winning his first PGA Tour event, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans today on the second playoff hole. They say it’s better to be lucky than good and that’s Dufner, getting lip ins on 13, 15 and 17 for par and then birdieing the second playoff hole, #18, to beat Ernie Els in the playoff.

Dufner is very hard to read, doesn’t really crack a smile and at times looks very shaky. I’m not sure where he goes from here, but getting your first win is a good starting point.

2) Meanwhile you have to feel for Ernie Els. He had two great chances to win on 18, both on the first playoff hole and regulation, and couldn’t make the putts — the story of the last two years, really for Els. But you can’t totally fault the putter, as it saved him many times today as he was just a little off in the ball striking.

I hope he wins again and he wins soon, because I’m worried that all these crushing defeats could hurt Els chances to contend and win another major, which is what all of us desperately want to see.

3) Luke Donald, by finishing third, is number one in the world again, as we yo-yo back and forth between him and Rory McIlroy at the top, all because of the way the rankings work. It’s stupid, but it’s happening, and we have to live with it this way.

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