April 5, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Former Auburn golfer Jason Dufner is currently tied for fourth place, two shots off of the lead, after carding a 3-under 69 in the first round of the Masters at Augusta National on Thursday.
“The second time around I feel a lot more comfortable,” Dufner said after the round. “I feel pretty good on the golf course and feel good about my game. It’s just like everybody else I think. There are moments of frustration and surprise. For me, staying even keel is the best solution.”
Dufner began the round with back-to-back birdies on holes one and two before firing another birdie on seven to finish the front nine at 3-under. On the back nine, Dufner bogeyed on Nos. 11 and 14 but was able to birdie on the par-5s 13 and 15 to save par on the back nine.
Last season, Dufner finished runner-up at the PGA Championship, his best finish at a major.
Dufner will tee off in the second round Friday morning at 8:18 am CST with Charles Howell III and Bernhard Langer. Live coverage of the tournament can be found on ESPN at 2 pm CST and on www.masters.com.