Dufner pays tribute to fellow Auburn Tiger

Philip Lutzenkirchen, Jason Dufner
Philip Lutzenkirchen, a former star tight end at Auburn University, died in a car accident on June 29. PGA Champion Jason Dufner is remembering his fellow Auburn Tiger with a patch on his golf bag.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 | 11:55 a.m.

PGA Champion and Auburn alum Jason Dufner had a special patch added to his golf bag for next week's Open Championship.

The orange patch with the No. 43 stitched in blue is in remembrance of Philip Lutzenkirchen, who wore No. 43 for Auburn.

Lutzenkirchen, 23, a member of Auburn's 2010 national championship-winning football team, died in a car accident June 29 outside La Grange, Ga.

Lutzenkirchen played tight end at Auburn and was one of the best in the school's history at that position. He holds the school record for most touchdown catches by a tight end with 14, is second in total receptions with 59 and third in receiving yards with 628.

On the day of the tragic accident, Dufner tweeted this picture with Lutzenkirchen:

T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.