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September 1 2012

6:47 PM

Dufner battles tight hamstring

Watch: Dufner birdies No. 1

In the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, Jason Dufner hits his 104-yard approach shot on the par-4 1st hole to 6 feet then sinks his putt for birdie.

By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM

NORTON, Mass. – Jason Dufner needed to stretch his right hamstring at various times during Saturday’s second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, especially late in his round as he felt it becoming too restrictive on his downswing.

“It creeps in there after about 12 or 13 holes,” he said.

Dufner said he would get treatment for the tight hamstring but doesn’t expect it will be a factor in the final two rounds. Hopefully that’s the case, since Dufner is in good shape to chase down his third win of the PGA TOUR season.

On Saturday,he shot a 5-under 66 to move to 9 under for the tournament, just three strokes off the pace set by Rory McIlroy. Dufner, who opted not to play last week at The Barclays, is making his first start in this year’s FedExCup Playoffs.

Through 36 holes at TPC Boston, he’s pleased with his game – and with good reason. He’s hit 82 percent of his fairways and 79 percent of greens in regulation.

“Everything has been pretty good this week, other than the fact that I played the par 5s even so far,” said Dufner, who tied for second here in 2009.

Dufner entered this week ranked No. 1 on TOUR in both first round and second round scoring average. But his rankings in the final two rounds aren’t quite as impressive – 47th in the third round and 99th in the final round.

So it’s not surprise he’s played well the first two days here. Now comes the difficult part.

“Unfortunately I’ve had some poor weekends, but I’ve had some good weekends too,” said Dufner, No. 6 in FedExCup points. “You know, it’s just kind of one of those things. Thursday and Friday (Friday and Saturday this week) have been pretty good for me, so hopefully that will roll over to the weekend.”

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