Nov. 14, 2012
AUBURN – Former Auburn golfer Jason Dufner was nominated by the PGA Tour for the Jack Nicklaus Award which is given annually to the PGA Tour Player of the Year, the Tour announced on Monday. Also nominated for the award were Rory McIlroy, Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson and Tiger Woods.
This past season Dufner won his first PGA Tour tournament at the Zurich Classic in New Orleans after defeating Ernie Els in a two-hole playoff. Three weeks later, the Cleveland, Ohio native won the HP Byron Nelson Championship before finishing second at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at the Colonial.
The 2000 Auburn graduate finished in second place in the FedEx Cup regular season standings with 2,110 points, which earned him a spot on the 2012 U.S Ryder Cup Team. Dufner was also fifth on the money list after earning $4,869,304 this year.
The winner of the Jack Nicklaus Award will be announced in early December.