Tuesday, January 16, 2018
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After two, Dufner in a familiar spot

AVONDALE, La. — Jason Dufner has another shot at his first PGA Tour title. He shot 7-under 65 Friday to take the second-round lead at the Zurich Classic.

Dufner, 35, has three runnerup finishes among 163 starts. Two came in playoffs last year.

Just in the past month, he shared the second-round lead at the Masters, was one back after the second at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and shared the first-round lead at the Cadillac Championship.

Dufner birdied Nos. 5-7 Friday and finished with a 30-foot eagle to reach 12-under 132.

"I've been trying to think about what I can do better mentally, what I can do better emotionally out there," Dufner said. "Obviously, there's a lot of different things that go into winning besides hitting the golf ball."

Russell Knox (64), John Rollins (66) and first-round co-leader Ken Duke (68) were tied for second, one back.

Bubba Watson, in his first event since winning the Masters, shot his second 71 to make the cut by one stroke. His struggles included a tee shot at No. 2 that hit the back of a spectator's head, drawing blood. Radd Leonard, 52, said he is a huge fan of Watson and attended the tournament primarily to see him. "I wanted to see that big hook, and I got to see it," Leonard said. "It gave him a good bounce, anyway."

LPGA: Stacy Lewis birdied five of her final nine holes for 5-under 67 and a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic in Mobile, Ala. She was at 9-under 135. Seminole's Brittany Lincicome (67) was tied for sixth, two back, and Tampa's Cindy LaCrosse (70) was three back.

Pak out: Hall of Famer Se Ri Pak is out indefinitely because of a slightly torn labrum in her left shoulder sustained when she slipped on stairs Tuesday.

Tiger opens up: Instead of fielding media questions before next week's Wells Fargo Championship, as is usually the case before he plays a tournament, Tiger Woods will instead answer questions from fans, ESPN.com reported. Woods is expected to post a video Monday on his website in which he will answer selected fan questions submitted through Facebook and Twitter. "We wanted to have a little bit more direct interaction with fans, and they've been very good to him over the years," agent Mark Steinberg told ESPN.com. "We're probably a little bit behind with social media, and this is a way to do that."

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