PGA Championship 2013 Leaderboard: Latest Scores Heading into Day 3 at Oak Hill
During the second round of the 2013 PGA Championship, Jason Dufner stole the show.
And no, he was not "Dufnering."
Dufner set a course record at Oak Hill on Friday and became one of just 24 golfers to shoot 63 in a major championship round, accomplishments that leave him as the leader heading into the weekend.
Matt Kuchar, Adam Scott and Jim Furyk are all tied for second place after finishing with a total score of seven under, while Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson and a gaggle of other golfers are in the mix just a few shots off Dufner's pace.
In preparation for a third round that will begin with Tiger Woods (+1) 10 strokes off the lead, here's a look at the best scores from Friday and a few golfers to watch heading into Saturday.
Best Scores from Round 2
|Rank||Golfer||Round 2 Score||Overall (To Par)|
|1||Jason Dufner||63 (-7)||-9|
|2||Webb Simpson||64 (-6)||-4|
|3||K.J. Choi||65 (-5)||+1|
|T4||Justin Rose||66 (-4)||-6|
|T4||Henrik Stenson||66 (-4)||-6|
|T4||Matt Kuchar||66 (-4)||-7|
|T7||Steve Stricker||67 (-3)||-5|
|T7||Charley Hoffman||67 (-3)||-4|
|T7||Marc Warren||67 (-3)||+1|
|T7||Michael Thompson||67 (-3)||-1|
Other Notable Round 2 Scores
Martin Kaymer: -2 (-4 overall)
Rickie Fowler: -2 (-2 overall)
Lee Westwood +3 (-1 overall)
Rory McIlroy +1 (E overall)
Keegan Bradley +2 (+1 overall)
Tiger Woods E (+1 overall)
Phil Mickelson +1 (+2 overall)
Brandt Snedeker +3 (+3 overall)
Dustin Johnson +1 (+3 overall)
Golfers To Watch in Round 3
Dufner has a cool slogan named after him, the Oak Hill East Course record and some serious momentum heading into the weekend in Rochester.
What more could he ask for?
With a two-shot lead, Dufner will be the front runner in New York as he tries to win his first major championship. At the age of 36, he has four top-five finishes at majors but has yet to taste the thrill of winning one of the four "big ones."
Although he'll likely remain one of the favorites, a victory is anything but a sure thing. As noted by ESPN's Stats & Info, only four of the 20 instances in which a 63 was shot in the first three rounds of a major resulted in a victory for that golfer:
There have been 20 previous instances where a player shot 63 in one of the first three rounds of a major. Four have gone on to win— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 9, 2013
Theoretically speaking, Dufner has a one-in-five chance of winning the PGA Championship.
You have to like those odds if you saw him on the course on Friday, though, and we'll see how he responds to the pressure during the final two rounds.
Already the proud owner of a green jacket this year, Scott is vying to be the first man since Padraig Harrington to win multiple majors in the same year.
(So is Justin Rose, but Scott is higher on the leaderboard, so he gets the nod here.)
After cupping five birdies and surviving three bogeys on Friday, Scott will begin Round 3 just two strokes behind Dufner and with plenty of momentum to overcome the flash of the course record that Dufner now holds.
Fresh off a tied-for-third finish at the British Open, Scott's game is clicking right now.
He's putting the ball well and has managed to survive the fierce layout of the course so far. Being aggressive at the right moments has allowed the Australian star to take calculated chances that have been paying off.
After birdieing three of his first eight holes, Scott slumped a bit by having more bogeys (three) than birdies (two) over the final 10 holes. That being said, it's not about how you start, it's about how you finish.
Scott finished the job at the Masters, and if he has a strong showing Saturday he will be my unquestioned favorite in the final round.
Scott's Australian counterpart Jason Day closes out our list of golfers to watch.
Having finished top three in two majors this season, Day has set himself up to be in contention yet again at Oak Hill this weekend.
As noted by TaylorMade Golf's Twitter account, Day had a share of the lead at one point on Friday:
Now in a share of the lead @PGAChampionship: Jason Day (-5). Two early birdies have jump-started his Friday at Oak Hill. Let's go, JD.— TaylorMade Golf (@TaylorMadeGolf) August 9, 2013
It's becoming painfully clear that the 25-year-old Aussie is a gamer.
In 12 career starts at majors since 2010, he's finished inside the top 10 an impressive five times. When there's a big trophy on the line, he's shown an early ability to hang with noted golfers well through all four rounds of a major.
Yet he is still searching for his first major victory. After faltering a little after a strong Friday start, Day will begin Saturday seven strokes behind the leader. It's not insurmountable as Day is a golfer who could charge up the leaderboard quickly and put his name in the hat before Sunday's final round.
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