April 28 2012
AVONDALE, La. -- Will the third time charm Jason Dufner? We'll see on Sunday at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Dufner fired a 67 on Saturday to open a two-stroke advantage entering the final round at TPC Louisiana. It will be the third time Dufner has taken the lead into the final round of a PGA TOUR event -- the others were the 2009 RBC Canadian Open, where he tied for thrid, and the 2011 PGA Championship, where he lost in a playoff.
That said, Dufner has quite a comfort zone on this Pete Dye creation. He has tied for ninth, seventh and third in his last three starts here.
Graham DeLaet is alone in second after a 66 that left him 15 under. He's one of five players who have shot in the 60s each of the first three rounds and he's improved by one stroke each day.
Ernie Els, who is bidding to end a victory drought of more than two years, is tied for third with John Rollins at 14 under. Rollins was tied for the lead three times on Saturday and ended up shooting 69 while Els had a 68.
Ryan Palmer made one of the biggest moves of the day, tying the course record with a 64, the third player to hit that number this week, to jump 25 spots into a tie for fifth with Steve Stricker and Cameron Tringale. The trio clocks in at 13 under.
World No. 2 Luke Donald and Ken Duke are tied, another stroke behind. If Donald finishes solo seventh or better, he will overtake Rory McIlroy at the top of the rankings.