Jason Dufner looks to overcome health issues in title defense
By Bernie D'Amato under PGA Championship


2013 PGA Champion Jason Dufner has been struggling with a bad neck this year. In order to compete at Valhalla, Dufner has taken an epidural, and is limiting the number of reps during the practice rounds.

In the pre-tournament press conference, Dufner said, “Started feeling pretty bad at Augusta. Started to feel a little bit better there when we went to Texas for a couple weeks. Thought I was going to be good to go, and then since the U.S. Open, it’s been pretty poor health‑wise for me.”

He added, “But to be honest, it’s kind of a blessing. I need to take a serious look at my health and maybe make a better effort to be in better shape, because if you don’t have your health out here, as you see with a pretty prominent player and myself, it’s pretty hard to be competitive out here.”

Jason also mentioned he will need six to eight weeks off to recover from what he described as an “arthritic degenerative issue” with his neck.

Dufner is currently 8th in The Ryder Cup standings, and suggested missing the Playoffs to get ready for The Cup. “Mr. Watson may feel uncomfortable, but I would not feel uncomfortable taking the Playoffs off if I needed to, and coming in, trying to be healthy and participate in The Ryder Cup.”

Hopefully, the Duf can get healthy, and start splitting flagsticks again like he did at Oak Hill.

–Bernie D’Amato (@bdamato711)