Rochester, NY (Sports Network) - Hours after Webb Simpson matched the course
record at Oak Hill's East Course, Jason Dufner went one lower to set a new
record at the famed venue.
Dufner got off to a quick start as he holed out for eagle on the par-4 second.
He carded five birdies and 12 pars the rest of his round for a 7-under 63,
which set a new course record.
Simpson had posted a 64 earlier in the day to match the old record that Ben
Hogan set in 1942 and Curtis Strange matched in 1989.
Dufner's bogey-free gem wiped those three from the record book. Following his
eagle on the second, Dufner converted back-to-back birdie efforts at four and
five to move to 6-under.
The two-time winner last season on the PGA Tour then parred five in a row.
Dufner dropped his tee shot inside six feet at the 11th, and converted that to
join Adam Scott atop the leaderboard at minus-7.
At the par-5 13th, Dufner rolled in a 7-footer for birdie to grab the lead by
himself. He sank a 5-foot birdie effort at 16 to get to 9-under.
Dufner had birdie chances at 17 and 18, from 22 and 12 feet respectively, but
failed to convert either. If one of those putts had dropped, Dufner would have
been the first player in history to shoot 62 in a major. Instead, he is the
24th to post a 63.
"It's tough. Obviously, I show a bit of nerves there leaving it short. That's
one you'd like to gun at and give a chance at history, but I was able to get
the 2-putt and share a little bit of history, I guess," Dufner said when asked
if he was nervous over his putt for 62.
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