No major change for grounded Dufner

Jason Dufner was determined he would not change after winning the US PGA Championship and the American looks to have got his wish as he returns to action in the Barclays this week.

Dufner claimed his first major title at Oak Hill earlier this month but the 36-year-old’s feet have been kept firmly on the ground ever since.

“I changed my (phone) number about three weeks ago so very few people had my number,” Dufner explained ahead of the first FedEx Cup play-off event at Liberty National in New Jersey.

“Charles Barkley and Bo Jackson texted me but most people who have my number I’m in regular contact with anyway.

“It was kind of a whirlwind there for a couple of days after the win, I went to New York for some media stuff and there have been demands on my time, but I live in a pretty small town so I have not had to deal with too much since I got back to Auburn.”

Dufner’s victory at Oak Hill lifted him from 62nd to 14th in the FedEx Cup standings and he begins the first of four possible events in 15th place.

The top 125 players in the standings have qualified for the Barclays, with the field being trimmed to 100 for the Deutsche Bank Championship, 70 for the BMW Championship and then 30 for the Tour Championship in Atlanta.

Tiger Woods enters the play-offs at the top of the standings for the fifth time and is seeking his third FedEx Cup title.