Dufner ready for Qatar Masters

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Jason Dufner is looking forward to a rare European Tour foray this week, when he takes part in the Qatar Masters, after recovering from a bout of bronchitis and pneumonia.

The tournament, which is based at Doha Golf Club - and boasts a $2.5million purse - is the first overseas event of the year for the PGA Championship winner, where he'll attempt to build on the tie for ninth he achieved 12 months ago.

"I didn't do much practicing last week at home, trying to get healthy," the 36-year-old was quoted by ESPN on Tuesday. "[But] I am feeling considerably better."

Dufner is making a conscious effort to use his passport more in 2014, and will be hoping to further improve his game, with experience of playing in a number of different countries, and variety of courses.

He added: "I hope travelling will translate into some good results. I am looking this year to play four to six events [abroad], and maybe eight this year.

"I might be stepping out of my comfort zone a bit, but I think it's fun.

"Travelling the world as I have started to do recently, and playing in different countries and on different golf courses, I hope will all help me figure out how to be a better pro."

Fitness permitting, the American is set to play in the Dubai Desert Classic next week, and also plans to make an appearance at the China Open in April, citing the success of great players like Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Lee Trevino before him, as motivation for the change of approach.

"You look at the old time players, [who] travelled all over the world winning many, many tournaments," Dufner concluded.

"We are a little spoiled in the States given the schedule we play and the purses we play for but this way I get to see the world. It's a win-win situation for me."

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