Dufner's 64 an easy lift compared to Friday night's festivities


FORT WORTH, Texas – For Jason Dufner, the easy part of his day is over.

No, that second-round 64 at windswept Colonial was hardly low-hanging fruit, but compared to what awaits the two-time PGA Tour winner late Friday afternoon it was at least within his comfort zone.

By comparison, the ceremonial first pitch at tonight’s game between the Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays is downright heavy lifting.

“I’m going to go straight fastball,” smiled Dufner, who grabbed the clubhouse lead at Colonial with an 11-under total, “but it’s probably going to be more like a lob.”

Dufner said he was a little concerned about putting his pitch “in the dirt,” and planned to throw from the front of the pitcher’s mound. His attempt will be a good case study for Rory McIlroy, who is scheduled to throw out the first pitch at a San Francisco Giants game the week of the U.S. Open in June.