Dufner continues to sizzle
Jason Dufner is in line to win his third PGA title in four weeks as he leads the Crowne Plaza invitational by two shots after 36 holes.
The 35-year-old turned professional in 2000 but failed to visit the winner's enclosure in his first decade on tour. But, like the proverbial London buses, two came along almost together, as his first success at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans on April 29 served as a catalyst for further glory with victory in the HP Byron Nelson Championship on May 20. And now the Alabama resident has the chance to make it back-to-back wins after adding a 64 to his opening 65 to sit on 11-under par at the halfway stage of the Texas event. Dufner is two shots clear of Zach Johnson, who carded a 67 to add to his first-round 64, while Bo Van Pelt and Tommy Gainey share third place a further two shots back. But Dufner is the man they will all have to catch and he insists that he will try to stay grounded over the weekend and just keep playing the way he has been for the past month. "My mindset is just to continue to play well and to be confident with it," he told PGA Radio. "If I play some bad shots I just have to realise that I'm playing good golf and continue to run with it." In a USA-dominated leaderboard due to events at Wentworth, Harris English and Ryan Palmer are still in contention at five-under par, while four players, including Ricky Fowler, are a shot further back at -4. Sergio Garcia was well-placed after the first round on -4 but a quadruple bogey eight on the ninth saw him sign for a 73 on Friday and the Spaniard is currently 10 shots off the lead in a tie for 21st place.