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Michael Whitmer’s look at the week in golf

Player of the week

Jason Dufner. He claimed he’d rather be in the lead, but Dufner had to like his position going into Sunday at Oak Hill: trailing Jim Furyk by one, and paired with him in the final group. Dufner knew exactly what he needed to do, then went out and did it. Remember when he reached the par-3 15th hole with the lead two years ago in Atlanta? Plunked his tee ball in the water, eventually lost in a playoff. Same scenario two years later (par-3 15th, protected by water, Dufner leading). This time, Dufner found dry land, made par, and won by two. He learned how to win.

Bubble boys

One tournament remains for players to get into the top 125 on the FedEx Cup points list and qualify for the PGA Tour playoffs. Predictably, this week’s Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C., has almost everyone on both sides of that 125 bubble in the field. In fact, all but one of the players from Nos. 115 to 150 will be playing (No. 127 Nicolas Colsaerts is not). Some big names still have work to do: Padraig Harrington is No. 129, followed by fellow major champions Vijay Singh (140), David Toms (145), and Trevor Immelman (149). Those inside the top 125 after the Wyndham will move on to the Barclays, and the top 100 after that advance to the Deutsche Bank Championship.

New to this

The 13th Solheim Cup is this weekend at Colorado Golf Club in Parker, Colo., with the US looking to avenge its loss to Europe in 2011. The Americans have never lost on home soil in six tries, and lead the series, 8-4. Half the 12-player European team are Solheim rookies, while the US answers with four: Jessica Korda, Lizette Salas, Gerina Piller, and Lexi Thompson. Golf Channel has coverage from every session, starting Friday.

Tweet of the week

“To all my followers, thanks for the support. It was a great week at Oak Hill CC.”
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— Jason Dufner (@JasonDufner) to his 258,000-plus followers (and counting) after winning the PGA Championship.

MICHAEL WHITMER