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March 29 2013

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Kokrak having fun with Dufnering

Jason Kokrak rebounded from a double bogey on his eighth hole on Friday. (Petersen/Getty Images)

By Melanie Hauser, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent

HUMBLE Texas – Jason Kokrak couldn’t resist.

He’d been playing. Everyone else had been Dufnering. So before he met the media Friday afternoon, he plopped down on the riser and posed for a few tweet-able moments.

That done, he was all smiles. He wasn’t sure at the time if he’d be playing with Steve Wheatcroft or D.A. Points. Both are buddies. Either would be a perfect partner for the start of a weekend run.

Especially Wheatcroft. And he got it.

Kokrak and Wheatcroft will be last off Saturday afternoon as the Shell Houston Open rolls into the final 36 holes with Wheatcroft leading at 10 under and Kokrak and Points tied, one shot back.

“I congratulated (Wheatcroft) on getting into the Monday qualifier,’’ Kokrak said. “ Played well yesterday late in the round, so, you know, I'm happy for him.  I'm happy he's doing well.  Hopefully I can go out there and overtake the lead or -- hopefully I overtake him late Sunday, but hopefully go out there and have a lot of fun.’’

A win would get either one of them into the Masters in a few weeks, but Kokrak said it’s not really on his mind.

“I don't think it's really on my mind too much,’’ said Kokrak, who backed up an opening 66 with a second-round 69. “Been struggling the last couple of weeks, so it hasn't -- I haven't really been thinking about it, but it's one of the bonuses of winning out here.

“But, you know, it might creep into my mind a little bit, but for right now, there's so much golf to be played that I'm going to concentrate on my own game tomorrow.”

Kokrak’s lone hiccup Friday was a double-bogey at the 17th hole.

“Other than that, I started hitting stride on the back,’’ he said. “Hitting solid shots, hitting it in the fairways and hitting really good tee balls. Putting myself in good positions is key for this golf course. There's a lot of water out there, lot of wind. So hitting it solid, there's something to be said about it.’’

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