Jason Dufner's "Escape from Alcatraz" paves way for victory

Jason Dufner
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Jason Dufner's tee shot on the par-3 17th was a little rocky, but his recovery shot was a thing of beauty.
By John Holmes
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Sunday, January 24, 2016 | 8:38 p.m.
 
Jason Dufner earned his first PGA Tour victory since 2013 on Sunday with an overtime triumph over David Lingmerth in the CareerBuilder Challenge. You might think his clinching putt would qualify as the host of the day, but we'd pick a different one.
 
Dufner struggled with his game all day, after playing almost perfectly the first three rounds, and he came to the 17th hole trying to hang on against Lingmerth, who made up five shots on him to ultimately force the playoff. 
 
The 17th on the Stadium Course at PGA West is an island-green par 3 similar to its mosre famous cousin at TPC Sawgrass. There is, however, one big difference – this island is surrounded by boulders of all shapes and sizes, and boasts the nickname "Alcatraz." 
 
 
Dufner hit his tee shot a little offline, and it wound up in the dirt and rocks about as far from the flagstick as possible. At least his ball didn't bounce into the water, but he seemingly faced an almost impossible recovery shot. He took a delicate stance, with his left foot above his right, and knocked his ball up and onto the green.
 
It rolled all the way across the putting surface – and hit the flag. The impact deadened the ball, and it rebounded only a few inches away. In the span of a few seconds, Dufner went from looking like he was out of the hole – and possibly the tournament – to being right back in the thick of things.
 
If you watch Dufner as he walks toward the hole, he clearly mouths the word "wow." That pretty much sums it up. 
 
Take a look at his "Escape from Alcatraz":