Pro golfer Jason Dufner was born on March 24, 1977 in Cleveland, Ohio. His family moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida when he was 14. He began playing golf at St. Thomas Aquinas High School during his sophomore year. In college, he was a walk-on at Auburn University, where he earned Honorable Mention All-American in 1997. Dufner turned professional in 2000.
Jason won for the first time on the PGA TOUR at the 2012 Zurich Classic of New Orleans when he defeated Ernie Els on the second hole of a sudden death playoff. Just three weeks later, Dufner secured his second PGA TOUR victory at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. That successful season earned Dufner an 8th place ranking in the Official World Golf Ranking.
In 2013, Dufner saw strong finishes at the Masters (T20), US Open (T4), and Open Championship (T26). He sealed the deal by winning his first major at the 2013 PGA Championship. He tied the record for all-time lowest round in a major and broke the course record at Oak Hill Country Club by shooting a 63 in the second round. Dufner carded five birdies and an eagle, the latter achieved when he holed out from 105 yards on the par-4 2nd hole. He beat runner-up Jim Furyk by two strokes to secure his first victory at a major.