Dufner grabs PGA lead with record-tying 63

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With rain once again softening the terrain at Oak Hill Country Club, players were able to get aggressive Friday at the PGA Championship. Here's how things shape up heading into the third round in Pittsford, N.Y., where Jason Dufner holds a two-shot lead after a record-tying round:

Leaderboard: Jason Dufner (-9), Matt Kuchar (-7), Adam Scott (-7), Jim Furyk (-7), Justin Rose (-6), Henrik Stenson (-6), Steve Stricker (-5), Robert Garrigus (-5)

What it means: Though Scott set the pace early Friday morning, it was Dufner who surged to the top in the afternoon wave, becoming just the 24th player in major championship history to card a 63. He will take a two-shot advantage into the weekend, though the names immediately below him on the leaderboard include a pair of major winners and a former Players champ.

Round of the day: With his round sparked by an eagle at the par-4 second hole, Dufner went on to birdie two of the next three holes, turning in 4-under 31. After birdies at 11, 13 and 16 he had a chance to shoot the first-ever 62 in a major championship, but his 15-foot birdie putt at the home hole came up short. Still, his bogey-free round was the first 63 carded in a major since Stricker accomplished the feat at the 2011 PGA Championship.

Best of the rest: An early leader last week in Firestone, Webb Simpson bounced back from an opening 72 with a 6-under 64 in the second round. The former U.S. Open champion began with three birdies in his first five holes, and at 7 under through 16 holes it seemed he might challenge the all-time majors mark. Instead, a bogey on the par-4 seventh left Simpson with a 64 and he will begin the weekend at 5 under, four behind Dufner.

Biggest disappointment: While Tiger Woods left Oak Hill disappointed with his even-par 70 that left him 10 shots off the pace, several notable players finished at 4-over 144 and will miss the weekend as a result. Among that group are former major winners Bubba Watson and Charl Schwartzel, along with bomber Nicolas Colsaerts. Former world No. 1 Luke Donald also came up short, finishing at 5-over 145 to fall miss the cut in consecutive majors for the first time in his career.

Main storyline heading into Saturday: A runner-up in this event two years ago, Dufner is no stranger to the stage of a major championship. Still, it will be interesting to see how he responds after an ultra-low round Friday. Should he falter, there is no shortage of capable players chasing him, including each of the first two major winners this year.

Shot of the day: After an opening par, Dufner found the fairway at the par-4 second hole and sent his approach from 105 yards about 30 feet past the pin. Thanks to soft conditions, though, the ball was able to spin back down the green, slamming the pin before dropping for an eagle-2. The unlikely eagle was only a glimpse of what was to come during Dufner's record-tying round.

Quote of the day: 'Obviously I showed a little bit of nerves there, leaving it short ... I'm just happy to be in this position once again with a chance to contend at a major championship.' - Dufner on his birdie putt at the 18th hole