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                    === Dufner moves 2 clear after a 63 ===
 
 Rochester,  NY (Sports Network) - Jason Dufner has been a household name for a
 few years. He is now becoming a name not to overlook in the majors.
 
 Dufner  is playing  the weekend  after making  the cut  in his  ninth straight
 major. He did so in impressive fashion on Friday.
 
 The  2011 PGA  Championship runner-up  matched the  major championship scoring
 record by one with his 7-under 63 in Friday's second round. That helped Dufner
 complete  36  holes at 9-under-par  131, which was a  good for a 2-stroke lead
 heading into the weekend.
 
 Dufner lost to Keegan Bradley in a playoff in 2011. In the seven majors since,
 Dufner has finished outside the top 30 just once.
 
 Masters  winner  and first-round co-leader Adam  Scott managed a 2-under 68 on
 Friday. He dipped into a share of second at minus-7. Scott was joined there by
 Matt  Kuchar  (66) and  Jim Furyk  (68), who shared  the first-round lead with
 Scott.
 
 U.S.  Open  champion Justin  Rose, who went  6-under par on  the front nine on
 Friday,  carded a  66 to  end alongside  Henrik Stenson  (66). They  ended two
 rounds  in a share of fifth at 6-under-par 134. Robert Garrigus (68) and Steve
 Stricker (67) are tied for seventh at minus-5.
 
 Webb  Simpson matched the  old course record of 64 to jump to 4-under-par 136.
 Simpson's 64 tied the record that Ben Hogan set and Curtis Strange later tied.
 That trio had the course record until Dufner caught fire on Friday afternoon.
 
 Simpson  shares ninth place with 2010 PGA Champion Martin Kaymer (68), Charley
 Hoffman (67) and Marcus Fraser (69).
 
 Defending  champion  Rory McIlroy managed a  1-over 71 on Friday. He ended two
 rounds at even-par 140.
 
 Four-time  champion  Tiger Woods  traded two  birdies for  two bogeys over the
 final  four holes en route to a second-round 70. He ended two rounds at 1-over
 141  as  did 2011 PGA  winner Keegan  Bradley, who stumbled  to a 2-over 72 in
 round two.
 
 "Just  the finish  I had obviously, and  driving the green at 14 and 3-putting
 there.  And  then 3-putting at  16, I  missed a few  today," Woods said of his
 disappointing  finish. "I  didn't  hit  it anywhere  near  as  good as  today.
 Consequently,  I didn't  have that many looks.  When I did, I missed my share,
 too."
 
 British Open champ Phil Mickelson is one shot behind that duo after his second
 straight 71.
 
 The  cut line fell at 3-over-par 143. Among those that won't be around for the
 weekend are Nicolas Colsaerts, Bubba Watson, Charl Schwartzel, Davis Love III,
 Luke  Donald,  Ernie Els,  Y.E. Yang, Stewart  Cink, Padraig Harrington, Geoff
 Ogilvy and Shaun Micheel, who won the PGA in 2003 here at Oak Hill.
 
 Dufner's  magical  round got off to  a flying start  as he holed out for eagle
 from  the fairway on No. 2. At the fourth, he poured in a 35-footer for birdie
 and made it two in a row as he drained an 18-foot birdie chance on the fifth.
 
 The  2011 PGA runner-up  ran off five pars in a row from the sixth to make the
 turn one off the lead. Dufner erased that deficit with a 5-foot birdie putt on
 the 11th.
 
 Dufner  knocked his third  at the par-5 13th to seven feet and he made that to
 go  one clear. He  birdied the 16th from five feet out to go two clear. Dufner
 had a chance to set the major championship scoring record with a birdie in his
 final two holes.
 
 At  17,  Dufner's 22-footer missed  left. His approach  at the last stopped 12
 feet short of the hole. Dufner's birdie try for 62 and the scoring record came
 up short.
 
 "It  was a great  day for me, a good day to get out there and score. Obviously
 the rain, the soft golf course made it scorable. But to join history, to shoot
 a  63 in a  major, pretty unbelievable, and to be leading the tournament, even
 better. So hopefully it will propel me to a great weekend," Dufner said.
 
 "I  know most of the history of major championships, so I knew that nobody had
 shot  62,  and the course record  I had heard on  TV earlier in the week. So I
 knew  where I  stood, and  you couldn't  have a  better putt  for a  chance at
 history on the last hole, but I just didn't quite hit it hard enough."
 
 Furyk,  the 2010 U.S.  Open champion, had the best chance to catch Dufner late
 on  Friday, but his  steady round was only good enough to get him into a share
 of second place.
 
 The  43-year-old Furyk birdied  the first, then cruised to eight pars in a row
 from  the  second. He moved  to 7-under  with a birdie  on the 10th. Furyk got
 within one of Dufner as he birdied the 16th, but Furyk gave that right back as
 he bogeyed the 17th. A par at the last left Furyk two behind.
 
 Kuchar, who was in the group behind Dufner, had birdies at the first and sixth
 en  route to making  the turn at minus-5. On the back nine, Kuchar made a move
 to  within one of  the lead with birdies at 12, 14 and 16. At the last, Kuchar
 stumbled to a bogey to fall two back.
 
 "We're  sitting  on 18  tee and watched  Jason hit his  approach shot from the
 fairway,  knew he  hit it close by  the crowd's reaction. As we walked down to
 the  fairway, we  get a chance to  watch his putt, all kind of hoping," Kuchar
 said of watching Dufner's round.
 
 "And  I know  for me, it would have  put him an extra shot ahead, but it would
 have  been pretty cool  to see a 62 posted as the lowest round ever in a major
 championship.  It was kind  of too bad that he missed it ... I was just hoping
 to salvage par. Hit a bad drive in the right bunker and had to just layout."
 
 Scott started on No. 10 and birdied his opening hole. He later tallied birdies
 at  13  and 16 to  move to  8-under for the  championship. Scott stumbled to a
 bogey on the 17th.
 
 Around the turn, the Australian birdied the second, but gave that stroke right
 back with a bogey on the par-3 third. Scott birdied the next par-3, the sixth,
 but  missed the  green at seven and failed  to get up and down for his par. He
 parred the last two holes to end at minus-7.
 
 "I'm  pleased  with the round.  It was difficult  this morning. The course was
 playing  really long with the heavy atmosphere and the rain, so I got off to a
 good  start, which  was important after yesterday's 65, and kept myself moving
 in  the right direction,"  Scott said. "But when it eased up, it became really
 scorable  out there, and  I didn't quite take advantage of that, as I missed a
 few putts. But hopefully saved them for the weekend."
 
 Scott  was in the group of players that played late Thursday and early Friday,
 and  that  wave clearly  had  the  more  difficult  conditions both  days.  On
 Thursday,  they  came of  the course for  70 minutes due  to lightening in the
 area. On Friday, a soaking rain fell most of their round.
 
 Woody Austin missed the cut at plus-4 after carding a 75 in round two. That 75
 included four penalty strokes. Austin discovered on the third hole that he had
 too  many clubs in his bag, and he was assessed a 2-shot penalty for the first
 and second holes for completing those holes with an extra club in his bag.
 
 NOTES: Twenty-seven players ended in red figures after two rounds versus three
 that  did so at the 2003 PGA Championship at Oak Hill ... Seventy-five players
 made the cut at plus-3 ... All 20 club professionals missed the cut with David
 Muttitt,  who finished  at  5-over par  coming  closest to  making  it to  the
 weekend.
 
 
 08/09 21:06:35 ET