March 17 2012
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- The good news for Jason Dufner: He leads by two going into today’s third round. The bad news: Just twice has the second-round leader or co-leader gone on to win in the first 11 tournaments this season. Mark Wilson was the last to do it at the Humana Challenge.
Now some other notes for moving day:
-- In the 11 previous editions of the Transitions Championship (2001 event was cancelled due to 9/11), only three 36-hole leaders or co-leaders have won. K.J. Choi was the last to do it in 2006.
-- Not playing this weekend: Charl Schwartzel, who missed the cut with rounds of 76-73. That snaps a streak of 22 consecutive cuts made on the PGA TOUR for the South African, which is second only to current leader Steve Stricker’s 46. Gary Woodland is now second on that list at 20 straight.
-- Justin Rose, winner of last week’s World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, is just five shots back entering the third round. Last year, he held the 54-hole lead here before shooting 74 to finish in a tie for fifth. Rose has made the cut in all seven appearances at the Transitions Championship and like George McNeill, should he go on to victory he would become the first player to win back-to-back events on TOUR since Tiger Woods in 2009 (Buick Open, World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational).
-- Rookie Bud Cauley celebrated his 22 nd birthday Friday with a round of 71 to get to 3 under and begin the day in a tie for 34th. Cauley has made six of eight cuts this year with his best finish a tie for 13th at the Farmers Insurance Open.
-- Tom Lewis, who made his first TOUR start as a professional, missed the cut with rounds of 72-73. Lewis you might remember held a share of the first-round lead at last year’s British Open after a 65, the lowest round ever by an amateur in the event. He went on to win the 2011 Portugal Masters on the European Tour en route to winning Rookie of the Year honors.