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August 9 2013

11:45 PM

PGA: Round 2 notes

By Elias Sports Bureau Inc.

• Jason Dufner sleeps tonight on the 36-hole lead at this week’s PGA Championship.  For Dufner, it’s his first 36-hole lead alone at a major championship.  The last player to hold the 36-hole lead alone at the PGA Championship, and have it be the first time they held such a lead at a major championship, and go on to win was ironically Shaun Micheel in 2003, which was also played at Oak Hill.  Before Micheel, you have to go back to John Daly in 1991 to find such an occurrence at the PGA Championship.

• Both Adam Scott, the defending Masters champion, and Justin Rose, the defending U.S. Open champion, are in the top five on the leaderboard after 36 holes of play at the PGA Championship.  In only two other seasons, has both the defending Masters and U.S. Open champions been in the top 10, let alone the top five like this week, of the PGA Championship leaderboard through two rounds of action.  In 2002, Tiger Woods held both titles and sat sixth on the leaderboard at Hazeltine.  And in 1994 at Southern Hills, Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal stood in fifth place and U.S. Open champion Ernie Els was eighth. 

• Justin Rose carded a cumulative score of 29 while playing Oak Hill’s front nine holes during today’s second round of the PGA Championship.  The score of 29 while playing either the front or back nine holes is a major championship career low for Rose.  Rose’s previous low was 31, occurring in both the 2012 Masters and the 2003 U.S. Open. For Rose on the PGA TOUR, the 29 ties a career low.

• K.J. Choi made a jump up the PGA Championship leaderboard of 93 spots from yesterday’s opening round to today’s second round.  Since 1960, only two other players have had jumps this high or higher from the first to second rounds of a PGA.  In 2009, Tim Clark moved up 97 spots at Hazeltine.  And Miguel Angel Jimenez moved up 105 spots at Whistling Straits in 2004.

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