News & ToursJune 5, 2015

The eagles keep landing for Jason Dufner at Muirfield Village

DUBLIN, Ohio—With two second-round eagles including a hole-in-one at the par-3 16th, Jason Dufner has a chance break a longtime PGA Tour record for eagles in a tournament. Even better news for fans of The Duf: the 2013 PGA Championship winner looks ready to contend after a long slump.

Dufner posted a 133 total (66-67) to sit just a shot off Memorial Tournament leader David Lingmerth heading into the weekend. The hot start at Muirfield Village for one of the tour's more popular players follows an eight-place finish last week at the AT&T Byron Nelson Classic. Prior to that, Dufner's best finish of the season was a 17th place at the Honda Classic.

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His four eagles through two rounds puts Dufner within one of the PGA Tour record for a tournament held by Davis Love (1994 Hawaiian Open) and Dave Eichelberger (1980 Hawaiian Open). After eagling the par-5 15th for the second day in a row, Dufner holed a 6-iron on the 208-yard 16th to temporarily grab the lead.

"It looked pretty good from my vantage point," said Dufner of the ace. It was news that Dufner answered questions following his round. Just a day prior, the Auburn grad and 10-year veteran declined to speak to all outlets after his opening 66 -- and Duf has been reluctant to speak to national media since GolfChannel.com revealed in March that Dufner and wife Amanda had divorced.

Dufner's fans continue to shout out "Duf" and the Ohio good vibes are prevalent for the Cleveland-born golfer, who stayed up through the overtime of Game 1 in the NBA Finals to see how the Cavs would do.

"Last night was a tough game," Dufner said.

But Thursday and Friday at Muirfield Village have been pretty good for Duf.


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