Jason Dufner fired a low-round 63 and will head into the weekend with a one-shot lead at the Wells Fargo Championship.
Dufner finished his second day at the Quail Hollow Club with one bogey offset by an eagle and eight birdies to secure the 36-hole lead on 11-under par.
“Yeah, I played what I would consider the scorable holes out here really well today,” said Dufner. “You’ve got some chances kind of like 7, 8, 10, 14, 15, so I played all those really well and then I threw in some others.
“Like I said, I pitched in from about 35 yards on the first hole, made the long one from probably 40 feet on 17. So that’s kind of what happens on these types of days when you can get into those low 60s is you play the scorable holes well.
“Throw in a couple pars that you maybe wouldn’t make on a day you shoot 70 and you make a pitch and everything kind of meshed together.”
Co-overnight leader Joel Dahmen carded a 66 to reach 10-under par, alongside Max Homa, who matched Dufner’s 63 on Friday.
Rory McIlroy (70) and Patrick Reed (69) were tied for sixth at 6-under par, one clear Justin Rose (67), Seamus Power (68), Pat Perez (68), and Jason Day (69).
Pos-Player-To Par (Rd 2)
1. Jason Dufner -11 (-8)
2. Joel Dahmen -10 (-5)
2. Max Homa -10 (-8)
4. Rory McIlroy -6 (-1)
4. Patrick Reed -6 (-2)
Driving: Keith Mitchell – 335.7 yards
Fairways: Chez Reavie – 25/28, 89.3%
Greens: Joel Dahmen – 31/36, 86.1%
Putts/GIR: Max Homa – 1.520
- Dufner’s 63 matches his career-low score (seventh instance; most recent: R2/2013 PGA Championship/won).
- Dufner is searching for his first top-10 finish since a T5 at the 2018 PLAYERS Championship.
- Phil Mickelson shot 76 and missed the cut for first time in 16 Wells Fargo Championship starts.
- Rory McIlroy lost three shots on his final two holes: double-bogey and bogey.
- Justin Rose and Max Homa produced the only bogey-free rounds on Friday.
“I played some good golf here in the past and I like the golf course. I think with it playing a little firm and fast, that’s good for me; I can flatten the driver out, chase it out there, get some shorter clubs in. So we’ll see. I struggled this year, but I feel like I’m in a better place now the last couple weeks and was looking forward to kind of that Hilton Head stretch through the end of the Playoffs to start playing some good golf. You know, the last two days have been nice.”
– Jason Dufner