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August 11 2013

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Dufner leads by two at the turn

Jason Dufner is looking for his third PGA TOUR victory.   (Redington/Getty Images)

Tale of the tape stats: Dufner vs. Furyk vs. Stenson

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Jason Dufner and Jim Furyk have been putting on quite a show during the final round of the 95th PGA Championship.

Furyk maintained his overnight lead with pars on the first three holes before Dufner got heated up. He birdied the fourth hole  to tie Furyk and took the lead at 10 under with another birdie on the next.

Furyk responded with a lengthy birdie putt on the sixth hole to get into double figures with Dufner, who pulled away again on the eighth hole. Dufner's lead became two when Furyk couldn't get up and down from beside the ninth green, missing a 15-footer to save, and Dufner, who came up short with his approach, was rock-steady from 10 feet.

Keegan Bradley, who shot 66 earlier in the day, isn't surprised to see Dufner and Furyk at the top of the leaderboard in a major championship that requires such patience. He sees the two as very similar players.

"They put the ball in the fairway, good ball-strikers," Bradley said. "They are not going to do anything that is going to surprise you. Sure enough they will shoot 4 or 5 under and you won't even know it.
   
"That's going to be a good matchup with them today. I think Jim is going to be tough as well. He's mentally as strong as anybody out here. It seems like he's rolling the putter really well."

Bradley, who has played with both Dufner and Bradley on a Ryder Cup team, says both are "super competitive.

"I feel like a lot of people think they are quiet guys, but they are very vocal, especially 'Duf,'" he said. "I think that they are both super intense.
   
"People that on Sundays, that wouldn't be your first choice to go up against."

Henrik Stenson, bidding to become the first Swede -- male, that is -- to win a major championship, made the turn three strokes behind Dufner at 8 under. Masters champ Adam Scott and another Swede, Jonas Blixt, who is playing in just his second major, are tied at 6 under through 11 and 10 holes, respectively.

Defending champion Rory McIlroy got to 4 under with a birdie at the fourth hole but fell well back when he triple bogeyed the fifth hole. He's on the back nine now at 3 under through 12 holes.

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