AVONDALE, La. — Jason Dufner moved into position for yet another bid to win his first PGA Tour title, shooting a 7-under 65 on Friday to take the second-round lead in the Zurich Classic.
Dufner lost a playoff to Keegan Bradley last year in the PGA Championship for one of his three runner-up finishes in 163 winless starts on the PGA Tour. He capped his bogey-free round with a 30-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th to reach 12 under at TPC Louisiana.
Russell Knox, John Rollins and Ken Duke were tied for second. Knox shot 64, Rollins 66, and Duke 68. Greg Chalmers holed out from 137 yards for an eagle on the par-4 first hole and finished with a 64 to join Steve Stricker and Ernie Els at 10 under. Striker and Els shot 68.
Defending champion Bubba Watson had his second straight 71 to make the cut by a stroke in his first tournament since his playoff victory in the Masters.
Second-ranked Luke Donald was 6 under after a 65.
MOBILE BAY LPGA CLASSIC: Stacy Lewis birdied five of her final nine holes for a 5-under 67 and a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic in Mobile, Ala.
Lewis, the Kraft Nabisco winner last year, had three straight birdies and a two-stroke lead, but missed a 5-foot par putt on the final hole en route to her first bogey of the week. She had a 9-under 135 total on The Crossings course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Magnolia Grove complex.
Karin Sjodin tied the tournament course record with a 64 to finish a stroke back along with Lindsey Wright, So Yeon Ryu and rookie Sydnee Michaels. Ryu shot 67, Michaels 68, and Wright 69.
BALLANTINE’S CHAMPIONSHIP: Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger shot a course-record 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Australia’s Marcus Fraser after the second round of the Ballantine’s Championship in Seoul.
Wiesberger had a 7-under 137 total on the Blackstone course in the event sanctioned by the European and Asian tours. Fraser, the 2010 Ballantine’s champion, shot a 67.