Jack Nicklaus’ comments on Jason Dufner’s Memorial Tournament victory

The Nicklaus family, including Memorial Tournament General Chairman Jack Nicklaus II, Barbara Nicklaus, and Memorial Tournament Founder and Host Jack Nicklaus, with 2017 Memorial Tournament winner Jason Dufner.

This morning, just before the final round started, I walked into the Captains Grill and sitting there was a bunch of the guys at the top of the leaderboard, including Jason Dufner. I said, “Duf, that was a great first two rounds. I’m sorry about what happened yesterday.” But he said, “I still have a chance to win the golf tournament.” And I said, “Yes you do.” He went out there today and played some magnificent golf. It’s hard to play two great rounds of golf, play one you’re not real happy with, then say, “How do I get out of that position?” Well he did—he shot 68 today. He came back and stayed with it. We are really pleased Jason Dufner won this tournament. They kept saying on television that he is now the second person born in the State of Ohio to win this tournament. Congratulations, Duf, we’re very pleased to have you as the Memorial Tournament winner.