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Dufner seizes PGA Zurich Classic lead

2012-04-28 03:36:02 GMT2012-04-28 11:36:02(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Jason Dufner walks to the pin during the second round of the Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Friday, April 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Ken Duke celebrates his birdie putt in the second round of the Zurich Classic at the TPC Louisiana course in Avondale, La., Friday, April 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

Bubba Watson watches his tee shot on the 15th hole in the second round of the Zurich Classic at the TPC Louisiana course in Avondale, La., Friday, April 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

Radd Leonard, of Baton Rouge, La., wears a towel over his bandages after being hit in the head by a ball struck by Masters champion Bubba Watson during the second round of the Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Friday, April 27, 2012. Behind is Leonard is his son Cole Leonard. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

John Rollins lines up a shot on the 9th hole during the second round of the Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Friday, April 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

John Daly on the 14th tee in the second round of the Zurich Classic at the TPC Louisiana course in Avondale, La., Friday, April 27, 2012. T(AP Photo/Bill Haber)

Bubba Watson hits out of a bunker onto the 18th green during the second round of the Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Friday, April 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Jason Dufner rolled in a 30-foot eagle putt at the 18th hole to cap a seven-under 65 and take a one-shot lead after two rounds of the US PGA Tour Zurich Classic.

Dufner, seeking to break through for a first US tour title, on Friday also had five birdies in his bogey-free effort at TPC Louisiana and took a 12-under total of 132 into the weekend.

The American was one shot in front of Scotland's Russell Knox, John Rollins and Ken Duke.

Knox matched the course record with a 64, Rollins a 66 and overnight co-leader Duke a 68 for 133.

Australian Greg Chalmers holed out from 137 yards for an eagle on the par-four first en route to his 64, which saw him join South African Ernie Els (68) and Steve Stricker (68) on 134.

Defending champion Bubba Watson, making his first start since winning his first major title at the Masters, posted his second straight 71 to make the cut by a stroke.

World number two Luke Donald of England bounced back after a disappointing first-round 73 with a 65 for 138.

Donald also holed out from the fairway at the first hole.

Dufner launched his round with a three-foot birdie at the first. He birdied three in a row from the fifth and added another at the par-five 11th.

Knox, a graduate of the Nationwide developmental tour who is making his ninth PGA Tour start, had seven birdies and an eagle at 18 with one bogey.

US veteran Stricker pulled level with Dufner with four straight birdies from the seventh, but missed a two-foot birdie putt at 11 and gave back two strokes with bogeys coming in.

(Agencies)

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