FORT WORTH, Texas — Jason Dufner moved into position for his second straight victory and third in five weeks, shooting a bogey-free 6-under 64 on Friday to take a two-stroke lead in the Colonial.
The Byron Nelson Championship winner last week, Dufner had an 11-under 129 total at Hogan’s Alley.
First-round leader Zach Johnson was second after a 67, and Bo Van Pelt and Tommy Gainey were third at 7 under. Van Pelt had a 64, and Gainey shot 67.
The only player to win both PGA Tour events in the Dallas-Fort Worth market in the same year was Ben Hogan in 1946.
Both of Dufner’s PGA Tour victories came in his previous three starts. He has led or shared the lead after 11 of his last 34 rounds.
Johnson had his 14th consecutive sub-par round at Colonial, one more than Van Pelt.
Defending champion David Toms missed the cut, shooting 74-71.
BENTON HARBOR, Mich. — Hale Irwin shot his age with a 5-under 66, finishing the second round of the Senior PGA Championship two shots behind leaders Roger Chapman and John Cook.
Cook also had a 66 to match Chapman at 7 under after a more forgiving day at Harbor Shores. Chapman had a 67.
Michael Allen broke the course record with a 64, recovering nicely from a first-round 77.
Starting on the back nine, Irwin birdied four of his first six holes.
He has won the major championship four times, though not since 2004.
He was the 54-hole leader last year at Valhalla but finished fourth.
Chapman led by a stroke after the first round and didn’t make a bogey Friday until the par-5 ninth, his final hole. Irwin also bogeyed No. 9.
VIRGINIA WATER, England — England’s James Morrison shot an 8-under 64 to take a four-stroke lead in the BMW PGA Championship, while Rory McIlroy had a 79 to miss the cut and leave himself in danger of losing the top spot in the world ranking to No. 2 Luke Donald.
Morrison had a 12-under 132 total on Wentworth’s West Course in the European Tour’s flagship event.
Donald, the defending champion, was tied for second with David Drysdale. Donald had a 68, and Drysdale shot 70. Donald must finish solo eighth or better to reclaim the No. 1 position.
NCAA DIVISION I WOMEN’S GOLF
FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Alabama won the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship for the first time, holding off Southern California by a stroke on the 72nd hole.
The Crimson Tide gave coach Mic Potter his first national title when senior Brooke Pancake rolled in a 4-footer for par on No. 18. Alabama finished at 6-over 294 for a 19-over 1,171 total.
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