Dufner returns to tournament play at Perth International after a 2-month neck injury layoff

Jason Dufner returns to tournament play on Thursday at the Perth International after a two-month neck injury layoff in which he "totally detached" himself from golf and didn't watch any of the Ryder Cup on television.

Dufner, whose injury cost him any chance of earning a qualifying spot for the Ryder Cup, said Tuesday he arrived in Western Australia feeling "much better physically ... a little bit rested mentally."

The 2013 U.S. PGA champion is among the Lake Karrinyup Country Club headliners who include fellow major winners Charl Schwartzel and Geoff Ogilvy and European Ryder Cup player Victor Dubuisson.

Dufner says during his break "I wasn't too interested in golf or what was going on in the golfing world ... I didn't watch one minute of the Ryder Cup."