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Dufner is in familiar position

Jason Dufner lists Ben Hogan as his hero.

At Hogan's Alley, Dufner had the lead halfway through the Colonial with a chance for a Texas two-step that only Hogan has accomplished.

Dufner had a bogey-free 6-under 64 on another windy day Friday to reach 11-under 129. A week after winning the Byron Nelson Championship, Dufner had a two-stroke lead over Zach Johnson -- the 2010 winner who shot a 67.

The only player to win both PGA Tour events in the Dallas-Fort Worth market in the same year was Hogan in 1946.

"That would be great company to join, obviously," Dufner said. "To have anything compared to him or be talked in the same sentence with him is something that would be pretty unique and special to me."

With the way Dufner is playing these days, his game certainly is in a different class. Both of Dufner's PGA Tour victories came in his previous three starts. He has led or shared the lead after 11 of his last 34 rounds.

"When I step to the first tee, I feel like I'm going to play a good round of golf. That's a nice way to play. It's a comfortable way to play," Dufner said. "I'm just trying to be confident and think about the things I've been doing for almost a year now, and realize that those are the things that are making me successful out here."

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Irwin puts on charge

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. -- Hale Irwin shot his age Friday with a 5-under 66, finishing the second round of the Senior PGA Championship two shots behind leaders Roger Chapman and John Cook.

Cook also had a 66 to match Chapman at 7 under after a more forgiving day at Harbor Shores. Chapman had a 67.

Michael Allen set a course record with a 64, recovering nicely from a first-round 77.

Lonnie Nielsen of Orchard Park shot a 1-under 70, putting him in a group tied for eighth place.

Starting his round on the back nine, Irwin birdied four of his first six holes.

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