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The Tour Report

March 17 2012

12:00 PM

Can Dufner turn lead into win?

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- Through the first two rounds of the Transitions Championhip, Jason Dufner is the only player in the field yet to make a bogey. This is also the fourth time in his career that he’s shared or led after 36 holes.

Dufner of course has yet to win in any of his previous 159 starts on the PGA TOUR.

But maybe that’s about to change. Prior to this week, Dufner had only broken 70 three times in 14 career rounds at the Copperhead Course with a low round of 68. In his first two rounds here this year, he posted back-to-back 66s, which also marks the first time he’s ever posted consecutive rounds in the 60s in this event.

Dufner did make the cut in three of his previous four appearances at the Transitions Championship, but his best finish was a tie for 17th in 2009.

Here’s a look at how Dufner has fared the other three times he’s held the lead at the halfway mark. Can he break the trend? We’ll find out when he tees off at 1:55 p.m. ET.

Jason Dufner when leading after 36 holes:

Year Tournament Position Finish
2011 PGA Championship T1 P2
2009 RBC Canadian Open 1st T3
2008 FedEx St. Jude Classic T1 T13