June 23, 2018
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Dufner surges to 1-stroke lead at Nelson tourney

The Associated Press

IRVING, Texas — Jason Dufner birdied four of the last five holes Friday for a 4-under 66 and a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Byron Nelson Championship in Irving, Texas.

Dufner capped the round with a 37-foot chip-in at the 429-yard 18th, where he drove wide right and hit an approach that rolled over the green into a swale behind the hole. The winner last month in New Orleans for his first PGA Tour title, Dufner also holed a 35-foot chip at No. 15. He had a 7-under 133 total.

Matt Kuchar, coming off a victory Sunday in The Players Championship, was tied for second with first-round leader Ryan Palmer, Chad Campbell, Pat Perez, Dicky Pride and Marc Leishman. Kuchar shot a 68. Campbell had a 66, Perez shot 67, Pride 68, Leishman 69, and Palmer 70.

Defending champion Keegan Bradley was 5 under after a 68.

Phil Mickelson finished with a double bogey for a 69. He was 1 under.

SYBASE MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP: Top-ranked Yani Tseng beat Katie Futcher 2 and 1, and No. 2 Na Yeon Choi was a 3-and-2 winner over fellow South Korean Jenny Shin in the second round of the Sybase Match Play Championship in Gladstone, N.J..

Stacy Lewis, coming off a victory in Alabama, also advanced, beating Sandra Gal 4 and 3.

Cristie Kerr, last year’s runner-up, dropped out along with No. 7 Jiyai Shin and No. 14 Karrie Webb.

Vicky Hurst beat Kerr in 19 holes, Anna Nordqvist topped Jiyai Shin 2 and 1, and Azahara Munoz edged Webb, Australia, also 2 and 1. Jodi Ewart, who knocked out defending champion Suzann Pettersen in the opening round, beat Sophie Gustafson 3 and 1. Eleven of the 20 seeded players in the 64-woman field have been eliminated.

The third round and quarterfinals are played Saturday, and the semifinals and final are Sunday.

VOLVO WORLD MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP: Top-seeded Martin Kaymer was eliminated from the Volvo World Match Play Championship by the lowest-ranked player in the field on Friday, losing by 1-up to Richard Finch, at Casares, Spain.

The German had a 3-foot putt to force a playoff, but it horseshoed out.

Defending champion Ian Poulter beat Tom Lewis 4 and 3.

The top two in each three-man group advanced to the round of 16 on Saturday.

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