Why Jason Dufner Is Golf’s Newest Cult Hero

Jason Dufner
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After winning his first major, Jason Dufner is the newest sensation in golf.

Part of the attraction for sports fans is Dufner comes off as a guy they can relate to — he’s the guy that weekend golfers want to be.

Dufner is a beer drinking athlete with a little extra weight who just enjoys what he is doing even if he’s a little shy to the attention.

Oh yeah, there’s also his wife Amanda. Together, they are golf’s newest sweetheart couple.

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