Rochester, NY (Sports Network) - Jason Dufner has been a household name for a
few years. He is now becoming a name not to overlook in the majors.
Dufner is playing the weekend after making the cut in his ninth straight
major. He did so in impressive fashion on Friday.
The 2011 PGA Championship runner-up matched the major-championship scoring
record with his 7-under 63 in Friday's second round. That helped Dufner
complete 36 holes at 9-under-par 131, which was a good for a 2-stroke lead
heading into the weekend.
Dufner lost to Keegan Bradley in a playoff in 2011. In the seven majors since,
Dufner has finished outside the top 30 just once.
Masters winner and first-round co-leader Adam Scott managed a 2-under 68 on
Friday. He dipped into a share of second at minus-7. Scott was joined there by
Matt Kuchar (66) and Jim Furyk (68), who shared the first-round lead with
U.S. Open champion Justin Rose, who went 6-under par on the front nine on
Friday, carded a 66 to end alongside Henrik Stenson (66). They ended two
rounds in a share of fifth at 6-under-par 134. Robert Garrigus (68) and Steve
Stricker (67) are tied for seventh at minus-5.
Webb Simpson matched the old course record of 64 to jump to 4-under-par 136.
Simpson's 64 tied the record that Ben Hogan set and Curtis Strange later tied.
That trio had the course record until Dufner caught fire on Friday afternoon.
Defending champion Rory McIlroy managed a 1-over on Friday. He ended two
rounds at even-par 140.
Four-time champion Tiger Woods traded two birdies for two bogeys over the
final four holes en route to a second-round 70. He ended two rounds at 1-over
141 as did 2011 PGA winner Keegan Bradley, who stumbled to a 2-over 72 in
British Open champ Phil Mickelson is one shot behind that duo after his second
The cut line fell at 3-over-par 143. Among those that won't be around for the
weekend are Nicolas Colsaerts, Bubba Watson, Charl Schwartzel, Davis Love III,
Luke Donald, Ernie Els, Y.E. Yang, Stewart Cink, Padraig Harrington, Geoff
Ogilvy and Shaun Micheel, who won the PGA in 2003 here at Oak Hill.
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