Former AU golfer to compete in the Masters

AUBURN, AL - Former Auburn All-American Jason Dufner will become the third golfer in school history to compete in the Masters, Thursday through Sunday at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.

The Cleveland, Ohio, native earned his position in the field after a top 50 finish in the 2009 Official World Golf Rankings.  Dufner finished the 2009 PGA Tour season 10th in the FedExCup Standings with six top-10 finishes for over $2 million in earnings.

Through eight events of the 2010 season, he has recorded three top 20 finishes with a 70.87 scoring average.

Dufner will be paired with former Masters Champion Vijay Singh and three-time PGA Tour winner Sean O'Hair, teeing off Thursday at 12:14 p.m. EST.

"The entire Auburn golf family is very excited to see him get this opportunity will be pulling for him through the weekend," said Auburn head coach Nick Clinard.  "This is something he definitely deserves.  I think his record speaks for itself.  He has become one of the top-40 golfers in the world who can go out and win at any time - just a great ball striker."

Dufner holds the ninth-lowest career scoring average in school history and was an All-American and three-time All-SEC selection for the Tigers. The class of 2000 Auburn economics major earned his 2009 PGA Tour Card after an 11th place finish in the final stage of the PGA Qualifying School in La Quinta, Calif.

On the PGA Tour, Dufner has accumulated $3,679, 360 since his first conditional appearance in 2001. In all, the former Tiger has made the cut in 64-of-113 PGA Tour events including eight career top 10 and 20 top 25 finishes. Dufner earned tour cards in 2004 and 2007 following top 10 finishes on the Nationwide Tour Money list in the preceding seasons.

Former Tiger John Huston ranks as Auburn's most successful competitor at the Masters, earning seven consecutive top 25 showings from 1992-98, while tying for third in 1990.

Auburn great Buddy Gardner also competed at the Masters, accepting invitation to the 1986 edition.

INFORMATION COURTESY: Auburn University Media Relations