You Oughta Know: Dufner eyes first wire-to-wire win


Jason Dufner has made it look easy through three rounds at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Now comes the hard part. Dufner leads Jamie Lovemark by two strokes heading into the final round. Here's what You Oughta Know for Round 4 in Palm Springs.

• Good news for Dufner – four of the last five winners held a share of the lead entering the final round. The last come-from-behind winner was Brian Gay, who came from six back in 2013.

• And that could be a good omen for Phil Mickelson, who will start the final round six behind Dufner. Lefty has come from six back twice in his career – Colonial in 2000 and Pebble Beach in 2012.

• Mickelson was 6-for-6 in scrambling on Saturday, and he holed out for the third straight day. Mickelson has holed out four times this week. That's the most in the field, and that's the most the short-game magician has holed out in one tournament in his career.

• This is the fourth time Dufner has held the outright 54-hole lead, and he's closed it out two of the last three.

• Dufner has birdied 26 of 54 holes and made five more birdies than anyone else in the field.

• This would be his fourth PGA Tour victory and first since the 2013 PGA Championship. And if he were to get it done on Sunday, it would be Dufner's first wire-to-wire victory.

• Lovemark is still looking for his first title in his 71st start. He will play in the final group for the first time on Sunday.

• Lovemark shot a 65 Saturday on his 28th birthday for his 11th consecutive round in the 60s.

(Note: Information from Justin Ray in Golf Channel’s editorial research unit contributed to this report.)