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Jason Dufner heads to help Auburn at NCAAs

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Jason Dufner didn't get to join Ben Hogan as a winner of the Colonial and the Byron Nelson (known as the Dallas Open in its earlier incarnation), settling for second place.

He won't be back in action until the U.S. Open., but he'll be right back on the golf course Monday morning -- and looking to raise some hardware soon after.

Dufner, a proud Auburn alum, will leave the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial tonight bound for Los Angeles and the NCAA Division I mens' golf championship at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades. The tournament starts Tuesday.

"I'm going to work with the men's golf team at the NCAA championships," Dufner said after a tough back nine to finish plus-four on the day and minus-11 for second place behind Zach Johnson. "I'll be there Monday and Tuesday to work with those guys. It's at Riviera, which I have a little experience playing."

Dufner was an honorable-mention All-America in 1997 at Auburn and an All-SEC selection in 1997-98 and 2000. An economics major, Dufner narrowly missed his third career PGA Tour victory at Colonial, which would have matched his total wins in college.

Dufner and his new wife Amanda got married in Auburn on May 5.