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Dufner leads Zurich Classic

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, April 28 2012 12:08 a.m. MDT

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 a 30-foot eagle putt 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 holed out from 137 yards for an eagle on the par-4 first hole and finished with a 64 to join Steve Stricker and Ernie Els at 10 under. Striker 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.

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

BALLANTINE'S CHAMPIONSHIP: At Seoul, South Korea, Austria's Bernd Wiesberger shot a course-record 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Australia's Marcus Fraser after the second round.

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