Dufner leads, Donald hits back
Jason Dufner leads the Zurich Classic as he chases a first PGA Tour title, while Luke Donald hit back as he goes for world number one.
By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH
Last Updated: 28/04/12 8:23am
Jason Dufner is in position again to take his maiden PGA Tour title after moving into the lead at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, where Luke Donald bounced back superbly in his pursuit of the world number one spot.
Donald is chasing a return to the top of the world rankings, while Dufner hopes to finally end his run of 163 starts without a win, after a play-off loss in last year's USPGA and three second places overall.
Dufner shot a second round of 65, seven-under-par, to move on to 12-under for the tournament and one shot ahead of Scotsman Russell Knox and Americans John Rollins and Ken Duke.
After a disappointing opening round of 73, Donald also shot 65 to close on six-under, still six shots off the pace but back in the hunt of the top-seven finish it will take him to get back to world number one.
The 34-year-old was back in business at his very first hole with a birdie at the 10th, before adding four more birdies and an eagle two at the par-four 10th when he holed out from the fairway.
It is Dufner who leads though, but he will be well aware that his scoring averages drop dramatically in the third and fourth rounds of events, even sharing the lead at halfway of the Masters before fading away.
"It's been a difficult weekend for me the last month and a half or so," Dufner said. "I haven't quite played as well as I would have liked, but I know that my game is still pretty good.
"I've been trying to think about what I can do better mentally, what I can do better emotionally out there and learn from some things that I maybe struggled with. There's a lot of different things that go into winning besides hitting the golf ball.
The big guns are just behind the leaders though, with Steve Stricker and Ernie Els just two shots off the pace on 10-under alongside Greg Chalmers.
Defending champion and Masters winner Bubba Watson shot a second consecutive 71 to just about make the cut by one shot on two under par.
Graeme McDowell joined Watson on two-under after a disappointing round of 73.