Jason Dufner taking positives from US Open at Merion

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Jason Dufner will be hoping to carry his fine form from his final round at the US Open, into this week's Travelers Championship in Connecticut.

The 36-year-old had put himself in contention to win his first ever major at Merion on Sunday, entering the 15th hole on five-under-par for the day.

A triple-bogey after hooking his tee shot out-of-bounds ended his chances of chasing down the leading pack, but Dufner still carded an impressive three-under-par score of 67, to finish the tournament four shots behind eventual winner Justin Rose.

The American's late resurgence has left him in a positive frame of mind heading into the Travelers Championship, and reflected positively on his first US Open experience at Merion.

"Yeah, the fans in Philadelphia were great," said Dufner. "Obviously it's been a while since they had a Major event here in the area. So they were excited about it. 

"I think the USGA did about as good as they could with the weather we had, and the situation with the clubhouse and the property being so small."

Torrential thunderstorms just hours after the first few groups had teed off on Thursday threatened to disrupt the tournament, but after a stop-start opening day, players were able to complete their remaining rounds uninterrupted, only having to deal with the difficulties that the Merion course itself presented for the rest of the weekend.

"I think everything went as good as planned," added Dufner. "I think the golf course was set up pretty fair for the most part. 

"There are some holes that they kind of pushed a little bit that really challenged you. But then there are some easier holes out here if you can be in the fairway."




Jason Dufner
US Open Golf

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