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You Oughta Know: HP Byron Nelson Championship

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IRVING, Texas – Here’s everything that You Oughta Know entering Sunday’s final round of the Byron Nelson Championship:

Third-round leader Jason Dufner is 1-for-3 in his career while playing with a 54-hole advantage, winning last month’s Zurich Classic from that situation.

If he wins, Dufner would join Hunter Mahan as the only multiple winners on the PGA Tour so far this season.

Dufner’s first seven rounds at this event were in the 70s, but he has since posted his last four rounds in the 60s, with a 69 in last year’s final stanza and scores of 67-66-67 this week.

Dicky Pride will start the final round in a share of second place, seeking his second victory to follow the 1994 FedEx St. Jude Classic.

Should he win this week, Pride would overtake the PGA Tour record for longest time between victories, a span of 17 years, 9 months, 19 days. The current record is held by Robert Gamez, with a differential of 15 years, 6 months.

In 379 previous starts, Pride owns 17 top-10 finishes.

Dating to 2000, there have been seven international-born winners of the championship (2000-Jesper Parnevik, 2002-Shigeki Maruyama, 2003-Vijay Singh, 2004-Sergio Garcia, 2008-Adam Scott, 2009-Rory Sabbatini, 2010-Jason Day). After three rounds, three international-born players are in the top 10: Jason Day (T-2), Vijay Singh (5th) and Marc Leishman (T-6).

Day’s lone previous PGA Tour victory also came here at the Byron Nelson Championship, back in 2010.

Coming off last week’s Players Championship victory, Matt Kuchar is seeking his second straight title and the fifth of his career.

If Kuchar, currently tied for eighth place at 4-under, wins on Sunday, he would become the first player since Tiger Woods in August, 2009, to win on back-to-back weeks.

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