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Dufner in line for a PGA title

AVONDALE, La. -- Jason Dufner moved into position for yet another bid to win his first PGA Tour title, shooting a 7-under 65 on Friday to take the second-round lead in the Zurich Classic.

Dufner lost a playoff to Keegan Bradley last year in the PGA Championship for one of his three runner-up finishes in 163 winless starts on the PGA Tour. He capped his bogey-free round with an eagle on the par-5 18th to reach 12 under at TPC Louisiana.

Russell Knox, John Rollins and Ken Duke were tied for second. Knox shot 64, Rollins 66 and Duke 68. Greg Chalmers also had a 64 to join Steve Stricker and Ernie Els at 10 under. Stricker and Els shot 68.

Defending champion Bubba Watson had his second straight 71 to make the cut by a stroke in his first tournament since his playoff victory in the Masters.

Second-ranked Luke Donald was 6 under after a 65.

Dufner opened with a 3-foot birdie putt on No. 1, and added three straight birdies on the par-4 fifth and sixth holes and the par-5 seventh. He also birdied the par-5 11th.

He's second on the tour in pre-cut scoring, but is 98th in third rounds and 108th in final rounds. He shared the 36-hole lead at the Masters with rounds of 69-70, but closed with consecutive 75s.

John Daly missed the cut. He followed a 73 with an 80.


Lewis has big finish

MOBILE, Ala. -- Stacy Lewis birdied five of her final nine holes for a 5-under 67 and a one-stroke lead Friday after the second round of the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic.

Lewis, the Kraft Nabisco winner last year, had three straight birdies and a two-stroke lead, but missed a 5-foot par putt on the final hole en route to her first bogey of the week. She had a 9-under 135 total on The Crossings course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail's Magnolia Grove complex.

Karin Sjodin tied the tournament course record with a 64 to finish a stroke back along with Lindsey Wright, So Yeon Ryu and rookie Sydnee Michaels. Ryu shot 67, Michaels 68 and Wright 69.

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