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Dufner back in Qatar, keen to see more of world

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.

''I might be stepping out of my comfort zone a bit but I think it's fun.

''Traveling the world as I have started to do recently, and playing in different countries and on different golf courses I hope will all help me figure out how to be a better pro.

''You look at the old time players, Mr. Nicklaus, Mr. Player and Mr. Trevino travelled all over the world winning many, many tournaments. We are a little spoiled in the States given the schedule we play and the purses we play for but this way I get to see the world. It's a win-win situation for me.''

Meanwhile, Darren Clarke, who made his pro debut in 1990 when Dufner was 13, will tee up in his 500th European Tour event.

''When it was mentioned to me the other day this is my 500th event, I couldn't remember if I've played 300, 400 or 600,'' Clarke said.

''It's nice to be honored but then it also just shows I'm old.''

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Qatar Masters field
Thomas AikenSaleh Al KaabiAli Al-Shahrani
Connor ArendellMatthew BaldwinSeve Benson
Gaganjeet BhullarThomas BjornRichard Bland
Kristoffer BrobergRafael Cabrera-BelloFrancois Calmels
Michael CampbellJorge CampilloAlejandro Canizares
Johan CarlssonMagnus A. CarlssonGeorge Coetzee
Marco CrespiJohn DalyJens Dantorp
Eduardo De La RivaCarlos Del MoralRobert-Jan Derksen
Robert DinwiddieChris DoakLuke Donald
Jason DufnerSimon DysonErnie Els
Nacho ElviraNiclas FasthDarren Fichardt
Richard FinchRoss FisherTommy Fleetwood
Dominic FoosMark FosterMarcus Fraser
Stephen GallacherSergio GarciaRicardo Gonzalez
Branden GraceRichard GreenEmiliano Grillo
John HahnJB HansenSoren Hansen
Peter HansonTyrrell HattonGregory Havret
Michael HoeyDavid HowellDaan Huizing
Mikko IlonenRaphael JacquelinThongchai Jaidee
Yeon-jin JeongMiguel Angel JimenezRoope Kakko
Shiv KapurRobert KarlssonMartin Kaymer
Maximilian KiefferSihwan KimSoren Kjeldsen
Brooks KoepkaJbe' KrugerPablo Larrazabal
Paul LawriePeter LawrieCraig Lee
Thomas LevetAlexander LevyTom Lewis
Jose-Filipe LimaShane LowryMorten Madsen
Stuart ManleyGareth MaybinPaul McGinley
Damien McGraneJamie McLearyEdoardo Molinari
James MorrisonGarth MulroyMatthew Nixon
Jose Maria OlazabalThorbjorn OlesenWade Ormsby
Adrian OtaeguiHennie OttoJohn Parry
Andrea PavanEddie PepperellJulien Quesne
Alvaro QuirosVictor RiuRobert Rock
Brett RumfordAdrien SaddierRicardo Santos
Marcel SiemJeev Milkha SinghLee Slattery
Gary StalHenrik StensonRichard Sterne
Brandon StoneGraeme StormAndy Sullivan
Simon ThorntonPeter UihleinDawie Van Der Walt
Anthony WallJustin WaltersPaul Waring
Marc WarrenRomain WattelSteve Webster
Peter WhitefordBernd WiesbergerDanny Willett
Max WilliamsChris WoodFabrizio Zanotti
Strength of field
World RankPlayersNo. in Field
TOP 10Henrik Stenson (2),Sergio Garcia (5)2
TOP 25Martin Kaymer (12)1
TOP 50Thomas Bjorn (32),Jason Dufner (34),Brooks Koepka (35),Stephen Gallacher (36),Luke Donald (37),Miguel Angel Jimenez (41),Thongchai Jaidee (43),Mikko Ilonen (44),Shane Lowry (47)9
TOP 100Alexander Levy (53),Ernie Els (57),Tommy Fleetwood (60),Marcel Siem (65),Marc Warren (68),Pablo Larrazabal (69),Bernd Wiesberger (72),George Coetzee (77),Thorbjorn Olesen (78),Danny Willett (83),Richard Sterne (84),Ross Fisher (86),Rafael Cabrera-Bello (87),Romain Wattel (96),Robert Karlsson (97),Edoardo Molinari (99)16