It was impossible not to enjoy Jason Dufner on “The Howard Stern Show” on Tuesday morning, unless your name is Rory Sabbatini.
During a wide-ranging interview that touched on the PGA Championship, Tiger Woods, and Dufner marrying “out of his league,” Howard Stern pressed Dufner to name a fellow Tour player that he doesn’t like. At first Dufner wouldn’t say, but then he mentioned Sabbatini as a player who “rubs people the wrong way.” Here’s a portion of the interview: HS: Do you hate golf sometimes?
JD: Yes, definitely.
HS: Do you hate some of the other golfers?
JD: I don’t hate ‘em, but–
HS: There’s guys you dislike.
JD: It’s like anything else.
HS: Without naming names — we’ll name names in a minute — what do they do that gets under your skin.
JD: Guys are just jerks sometimes.
HS: How does that play out?
JD: Most of the time nothing plays out because guys are pretty soft. Golf is pretty soft. HS: Right.
JD: I’ve seen guys do stuff that if it happened in an NFL locker room or an NBA locker room, there’d be fists thrown. HS: What do they do? JD: Just the way they treat people and how they interact with people and things they say.
HS: Are they obnoxious? JD: Yeah.
HS: Are they trying to get under other golfers’ skins so they can win?
JD: No, I think they’re just jerks.
HS: Just jack-offs [laughs]. Will you ever name a name?
JD: Today? No.
HS: Who is the biggest jerk you’ve ever met in golf? Just give me one name. JD: Are you going to put me on the spot?
HS: Yes, I just want one guy that you don’t like.
JD: Get the drumroll.
HS: Maybe he’s a good guy, maybe he’s not, but just one guy you don’t like. JD: Keegan Bradley, complete jerk.
HS: Is it Keegan? No, you like Keegan. Producer Gary “Baba Booey” Dell’Abate: Howard, you know who has a reputation for being cantankerous and not a great guy? Mickelson. JD: I like Mickelson. GD: He’s a good guy? Because people say he’s not that nice a guy. JD: I think he’s a good guy.
HS: Who’s a bad guy in golf? I’ll put you on the spot. I want someone you don’t like. He just personally rubs you the wrong way.
JD: Doesn’t run me the wrong way but he rubs a lot of people the wrong way.
HS: Okay. Who is that?
JD: Rory Sabbatini. HS: Okay. Why?
JD: He just rubs people the wrong way.
HS: Because he’s a loudmouth?
JD: He is, a little bit. HS: And he mouths off to the other golfers.
JD: A little bit. He’s aggressive. HS: Have you ever confronted him and said, “Listen, Roy [sic], you’re a hard guy to take”?
JD: No, I haven’t. But I’ve seen guys. I played in a tournament last year — the Shark Shootout — it was a team event. And I was teamed with Vijay Singh, who’s a good friend of mine, and [Sabbatini] and Vijay don’t get along very well. We played together that day and it was a little uncomfortable [laughs]. HS: I’ll bet you Roy is anti-Baba Booey.
JD: No, he’d probably like it.
Here are some other highlights from Dufner’s appearance on ‘The Howard Stern Show’: On Tiger Woods Not Winning Majors and Golf Groupies
HS: It almost seems like when [Tiger] had all the crazy turmoil, with all the women and stuff, it almost was like a great pressure release for him. I don’t just mean physically, it kept him busy mentally. And that’s when he was playing his best golf because maybe that was his way of dealing with the stress of being a professional athlete.
JD: There’s different ways to deal with it [laughs]. I don’t know his particular story, but… HS: I think he should go back to whatever he was going, just juggling multiple women and all that stuff.
JD: But he’s playing so good this year. He’s close. Once he gets through that hump of one of the majors I think he’ll really start rolling again.
HS: There are golf groupies though, right?
JD: Oh, yeah.
HS: You could come off the course are there are like tons of chicks.–
JD: It’s like any other sport.
HS: That’s crazy.
JD: I stay away from that. On Patting His Wife’s Butt After Winning the PGA Championship
Co-Host Robin Quivers: He was patting her butt and he walked off holding her butt.
HS: You can’t win. If you’re into your wife and you’re grabbing her a–
JD: You get in trouble.
HS: You get in trouble. And if you’re not into your wife and you’re cheating on her, you get in trouble. On Dufner Marrying ‘Out of His League’ HS: How did you meet your wife? JD: Just through mutual friends.
HS: No kidding. Because everyone says she’s way too hot for you.
JD: She probably is. But why wouldn’t you do that, right?
HS: They say it about me too. Hey, eat your heart out. On Fans Screaming ‘Baba Booey!’ at PGA Tour Events HS: You know what you’ve got to do after you hit the ball at this big tournament [Barclays]? You’ve got to scream out “Baba Booey!” That’ll be your thing. … That is a phenomenon. I mean, on one hand I understand golf is a game of concentration and anybody yelling anything out is verboten but it’s usually after the guy hits. Does it ever enter your psyche that, “After I hit this ball someone’s going to yell ‘Baba Booey’?” JD: No, I never think that. It doesn’t bother me. Like you said, no one does it when we’re swinging or before we’re swinging. It happens afterward. Obviously people are trying to get noticed and clown around that way. Sometimes the stuff’s pretty funny that they say. HS: It’s become a phenomenon. Like, remember the word “fore”? You used to go, “Fore!” Now it’s “Baba Booey!”
JD: Yeah, it’s out there.
HS: I don’t understand the “mashed potatoes” thing.
JD: I don’t know what that is. Mashed potatoes, scalloped potatoes, people plugging their business.
HS: [Laughing] It’s pretty wild. But the “Baba Booey” thing I like because I’m not a golf fan so therefore it makes it interesting to me. I’ll actually tune in to see if somebody yells out “Baba Booey!”
JD: It’s crossover for you guys.
HS: It’s bringing in new audience. But a lot of golfers now, there was a guy Ian somebody, I don’t know his name–
JD: Ian Poulter.
HS: Ian Bolter [sic]. I don’t know these guys, forgive me. But Ian Bolter tweeted–
HS: Poulter tweeted, “Enough of this baba boo stuff.” I tweeted him back and said, “It’s Baba Booey, by the way.” As long as you’re going to spell it out I told him how to spell it. But he’s bothered by it.
HS: But that’s good for you.
JD: Definitely. HS: Let him be bothered.
JD: Let him worry about other stuff out there. HS: And you know now that he’s come out against “Baba Booey,” they’re going to Baba Booey him to death. On Dufner’s friend and Stern superfan Keegan Bradley HS: How do you not become superstitious?
JD: A lot of guys are. Like Keegan. HS: What does he do?
JD: He’s got all kinds of stuff.
HS: Is he crossing himself and sticking his finger up his a–?
JD: He’s got all these weird mannerisms. After he misses a putt, he takes his hat off and scratches his head. He’s got all kind of superstitions.
HS: Did you ever ask him about it?
JD: Oh, yeah. I bust him all the time about it.
HS: You think he has OCD, is that what it is?
JD: Could be. On Good Players Who Have Never Won a Major Championship Robin Quivers: What do you feel for the guys who’ve been on the Tour all this time and they’re good but they never win a major–
HS: Screw ‘em, who cares?
RQ: Like Sergio Garcia?
JD: Like Howard said. What did you say Howard?
HS: Screw ’em. it’s not your problem. You got enough problems. You’re trying to keep your own thing going.