Dufner back in Qatar, keen to see more of world

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 21, 2014 at 9:46 am •  Published: January 21, 2014
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DOHA, Qatar (AP) — From two golf tournaments in Hawaii this month, Jason Dufner picked up $314,000 in prize money — and bronchitis and pneumonia.

More than a week and 13 time zones later, the U.S. PGA Championship winner is feeling better, which is why he's in Doha for the Qatar Masters starting on Wednesday.

In his first appearance in the European Tour event last year he tied for ninth, and enjoyed the desert course.

"I didn't do much practicing last week at home, trying to get healthy," Dufner said on Tuesday. "I am feeling considerably better."

The Qatar Masters is the first overseas event of the year for the American, who intends to use his passport more this year.

He's playing in the Dubai Desert Classic next week for the first time, and lined up the China Open after the Masters in April.

"I played a handful of European events last year, including here in Qatar and the Perth International in Australia, so I hope travelling will translate into some good results," he said. "I am looking this year to play four to six events and maybe eight this year.