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Dufner takes lead at Byron Nelson

AFP, DALLAS, TEXAS

Jason Dufner plays a tee shot at the 18th hole in the second round of the Byron Nelson Championship in Irving, Texas, on Friday.

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The US’ Jason Dufner rolled in four birdies on his final five holes for a four-under 66 and a one-shot lead after the second round of the USPGA Tour’s Byron Nelson Championship on Friday.

Dufner finished off his round with a 37-foot chip-in at the 429-yard 18th. His drive off the tee sailed wide right and he hit an approach that rolled over the green.

Dufner, who won last month in New Orleans for his first USPGA Tour title, reached seven-under 133. He also had a 35-foot chip in at the 15th hole.

He had the 36-hole lead at the Masters, one of four times Dufner has led after two rounds this season.

“It was a nice way to finish, looking forward to the weekend,” Dufner said.

Matt Kuchar was second along with first-round leader Ryan Palmer, Chad Campbell, Pat Perez, Dicky Pride and Marc Leishman.

Kuchar shot a 68 and is fresh off a win at The Players Championship on Sunday last week.

Phil Mickelson, who is one of just two top-10 players in the field, finished with a double bogey for a 69. He was not happy with his round.

“I hit it terrible today, there was no other way around it,” Mickelson said. “I’ve just got some mechanical issues where I was not striking the ball very solid.”

“I was able to hit decent shots on the backside to make birdies and make a run, but that last hole stunk,” he added.

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