Jason Dufner: hoping to get over Ryder Cup loss
Jason Dufner hopes to shake off Ryder Cup agony when he tees it up in this week's Perth International in Australia.The American, who is favourite to capture this week's event at Lake Karrinyup, north of Perth, won three points out of four at Medinah but says he continues to beat himself after the US blew a 10-4 lead and lost by one to Jose Maria Olazabal's Europeans."I often catch myself thinking about it," he said. "I think about what could I have done better? Where could I maybe have picked up another half a point?"How could I have helped my team-mates more? We were pretty close to winning that.Live on Sky SportsLive European Tour Golf2012 Perth International Golf Championship: Day OneOctober 18, 2012 6:30am
"It's been a tough couple of weeks since the Ryder Cup and the toughest thing about it is you've got to wait two years again until you can play again. That's a long time for us."
Dufner says hitting the course again is the best remedy and playing in this week's event, co-sanctioned by the European and Australasian PGA tours, will also help him in his bid to become a more global golfer.
"I think you experience different golf courses, different styles of play, makes you better, tests your game," Dufner said. "This golf course is a lot different than what we see in the States.
"Same thing when I go to Asia, a lot different than what we see in the States. I think it makes you a better golfer."
Dufner is joined in the field by fellow American Bo Van Pelt and South African Charl Schwartzel.
Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters winner, reached the semis of last week's Turkish Airlines World Golf Final and feels his game is taking shape again after he beat both Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods in the Group stage.
Schwartzel said: "I built some good confidence last week playing against them (McIlroy and Woods) and I just showed that the game is still there somewhere.
"So I've got some good confidence last week and I'm really excited for this week."