Summerhays takes three-shot Memorial lead as Dufner falters

Hope Soto
June 4, 2017

Jason Dufner threatened to run away with the Memorial tournament, carding a second successive seven-under 65 to surge to a five-shot lead after the second round on Friday.

Sweden's Lingmerth, victor of the Jack Nicklaus-hosted PGA Tour event in Dublin, Ohio, in 2015, set the target early with a morning round that included eight birdies and one eagle, with three bogeys.

Dustin Johnson hits from the 13th fairway during the first round of the Memorial golf tournament, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Dublin, Ohio.

Summerhays will take a three-shot lead into Sunday's finale over Matt Kuchar (67) at 10 under, with two-times Masters victor Bubba Watson (68), world No.13 Justin Thomas (69) and Dufner in a tie for third one shot back.

He fired his second shot at the par-four 18th, his ninth hole of the day, from 175 yards out in the centre of the fairway. Duf's next closest competitor is Daniel Summerhays, who carded a three-under 69 on Friday to get to nine under for the tournament. That put him in the final group with Summerhays as Kuchar tries to end three years and 82 starts without a victory on the PGA Tour.

Dufner compounded his misery by driving into a water hazard at the last for a closing bogey, finishing the day tied for third at nine-under with compatriots Bubba Watson (68) and Justin Thomas (69). When he really gets it going, it's translated to four wins on the PGA Tour, including the 2013 PGA Championship.

Summerhays has led after 54 holes three times on the PGA Tour.

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"We've got two more rounds to go", said Dufner, the 2013 PGA Championship victor. Entering the weekend, he'll start eight strokes off the torrid pace set by Jason Dufner, but just three strokes shy of second place.

The four-time victor on the PGA Tour threatened to run away with the tournament after breaking the event's 36-hole record at Muirfield Village on Friday but he faded dramatically, holing six bogeys and a double-bogey. "My goal was to get in contention, be in this situation, and I'm here so I'm really excited for tomorrow to see how I perform". He missed a 6-foot par putt on the third, then hit into the right bunker on the par-3 4th and made another bogey.

Taking the week off, Jutanugarn replaced Lydia Ko atop the ranking when So Yeon Ryu missed the cut.

Interestingly, the key to Dufner's success has been his putting, which always has been a weakness in his game.

Scott was the best of the Australians on day two but it is Victoria's Marc Leishman who is best placed overall after adding his second consecutive 70 to be 4-under and remain T13. "And that's why it's such a great golf course because it does test everything". "If you read anything about sniper shooters and when they shoot, they're really focused on their heartbeat and breathing".

"The last thing I said before I hit it was, the idea is to have the pin stop it".

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