Golf Birthdays: March 24-26

March 24

Jason Dufner, winner of the 2013 PGA Championship, turns 38. A fierce graduate of Auburn University, he is also the subject of a famous Internet meme called “Dufnering” in which he was photographed while visiting a Texas youth center slumped against a wall with a blank stare on his face. Both he and many fellow golfers have emulated the photo. At the 2013 PGA Championship, his second-round 63 broke the Oak Hill record and put him in the lead by two strokes at the midway point. He trailed Jim Furyk by a stroke after 54, but fired three birdies on the front nine to take the lead for good.

 

March 25

Mark Brooks, winner of the 1996 PGA Championship, turns 54. Brooks, now a member of the Champions Tour, won seven PGA titles in his life, and also finished second at the 2001 US Open and tied for third at the 1995 Open Championship. At the aforementioned PGA Championship, he trailed Phil Mickelson by four strokes after 36 holes and Russ Cochran by two strokes after 54 holes, and finished with a birdie on No. 18 Sunday to tie Kenny Perry at 11-under and force a playoff. In the extra session, he birdied the 18th hole while Perry found the rough and couldn’t escape it.

 

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