Teeing off: Golf player of the week

Jason Dufner. He’s not being recognized for anything he did on the golf course. One picture — Dufner shown visiting a third-grade class in Texas, sitting on his hands, looking as disinterested as possible in classic Dufner style — quickly went viral. The pose has spawned an avalanche of copycats (including Bubba Watson and Luke Donald), many of which Dufner retweeted, and almost immediately took on the form of a verb. It may not rival the craze created by a kneeling Tim Tebow, but #Dufnering has taken the golf world by storm.

Master of his craft

Also going viral this week was a video featuring Watson riding around in a never-before-seen golf cart called a hovercraft. Much larger than a standard golf cart, the hovercraft appears to be much faster, and is capable of gliding over water, bunkers, and greens, with the engineer in the video quoted as saying it leaves a much lighter footprint. The invention, apparently, is real, despite the video being made public close to April 1. Watson is working with Oakley, one of his sponsors, on the project. No word yet on how expensive it might be or when your local golf course might be unveiling a fleet. But the two-minute clip is definitely worth a look.

Change of plans

We said in this space last week that Rory McIlroy would be visiting Haiti before the Masters on a humanitarian mission, since he’s a UNICEF ambassador and has been to the country once after it was ravaged by a 2010 earthquake. Those plans have changed, with McIlroy opting instead to play in this week’s Valero Texas Open. McIlroy decided he needed the practice. McIlroy has only completed 12 competitive rounds in 2013, with a tie for eighth at Doral his only decent finish. “Just a few more competitive rounds. That’s all I need to eradicate some of these stupid mental errors out there,” McIlroy said of the decision to play Texas. “I think it’s a good decision, and I’m obviously looking forward to getting a few more rounds under our belt going into Augusta.”

Quote of the week


“Life is not about winning or losing. When you’re 80 and look back, you’re not going to remember, ‘Oh, I should have made that putt.’ I mean, when you’re 80, it’s more about how much you have fun and enjoy your life.” – I.K. Kim, who missed a 14-inch putt on the 72d hole that would have given her the win in last year’s Kraft Nabisco Championship. She lost in a playoff.