PGA champion Jason Dufner paid his dues.
The 36-year-old native of Cleveland, who won his third PGA tournament with his methodical yet brilliant performance at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y. played in 123 events on what is now called the Web.com Tour, including twice on the Nationwide Tour stop at Peek’n Peak for the Lake Erie Charity Classic and Peek’n Peak Classic.
In 2005, Dufner tied for 17th with a 5-under-par 283 total and earned $6,255, with Esteban Toledo winning the tournament, and in 2006, the year before he returned to the PGA Tour, he tied for 8th at 9-under 279 to cash $13,575. Current Tour member John Merrick was the champion.
Dufner by the way made 82 cuts, won twice, and earned $862,853, or just over $7,000 per the 123 tournaments he played in. On Sunday, the stoic Dufner received a check for $1,445,000 for winning the tournament that he lost in a playoff with Keegan Bradley in 2011.
The Buy.Com Tour and Nationwide Tour ran from 2oo2 to 2007 at Peek’n Peak.