Sound familiar? Dufner leads through 36 holes


AVONDALE, La. – Once again, Jason Dufner is in position to win on the PGA Tour.

After shooting 7-under 65 on Friday, Dufner is atop the leaderboard in the morning wave at the Zurich Classic. 

Dufner closed his round with a 29-foot putt for eagle at the par-5 18th to seize the solo lead.

'I just had a really good number for my 5-wood to get somewhere on the front of that green and had a putt that was down-grain and breaking to the left, so that was a nice way to finish the day,' he said. 

If Dufner hangs on to the lead at the end of play, it would be the sixth time in his career and third this season where he played into Saturday's final group.

Dufner is yet to convert on the 36-hole lead in his career, however, struggling on the weekend. 

'It's been a difficult weekend for me the last month and a half or so. I haven't quite played as well as I would have liked but I know that my game is still pretty good,' he said. 'I can't really pinpoint anything (he's doing wrong).'

In Tampa, he finished with consecutive rounds of even-par 71 to finish T-10 after opening with two straight rounds of 66. 

At the Masters, Dufner was tied with Fred Couples heading into Saturday's round. That was that start of identical weekend rounds of 75 to finish T-24 at Augusta National.

This situation will be easier.

'Obviously in a major and the Masters playing with Freddie Couples is a pretty high-pressure situation,' he said. 

'I feel like you've got a little more room for error on this golf course. You don't have to play perfect. Maybe that will lead to some better scores on the weekend.'

The last time Dufner was in this position at Augusta National, he landed a weekend sponsor in Wyndham Worldwide. Will the left breast bear a logo on Saturday afternoon?

'I don't know yet. I have to talk to my agent,' he said. 'That would be nice.'