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Jason Dufner Taught Us A Life Lesson In Winning PGA

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Jason Dufner used a ho-hum attitude to win the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club for his first major triumph (-10).

Well, also some great shot-making and early birdies and staying out of the famous Oak Hill rough.  But what Dufner did was what we should all do in life:  Nothing is really that big of a deal and things play out and work if they are meant to be.  Why make something a big deal if it really isn’t in the long run?

At age 36, yes, a major is important for a golfer, especially if you don’t have one. And it is especially important for a guy like Dufner, who tossed away the PGA Championship two years ago with a five stroke lead with four holes to play (Keegan Bradley, his buddy, ended up winning it).

But Dufner soon got over that.  In fact, on his ride home from the loss he did.  And since that time, Dufner just lets his game speak for itself and doesn’t get mentally freaked out about anything.  In golf, that isn’t easy but works out well if you can manage it.

And that is why I picked him before the tournament started.  Because to win at Oak Hill, you need a guy who doesn’t let the golf course overwhelm him and plays with a care free attitude in a good way.

Nothing is a big deal for Jason Dufner.  He goes shot by shot and day by day and the results will come if they are meant to.

Damn.  If only the world and its people worked this way.

By:  Mike Lindsley, “Mid-Day with Mike,” M-F 1-4, Yankees pre/post game host on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio.  Follow him on Twitter at

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