The uphill putt just didn't have enough steam, stopping a foot short of the cup.
That’s how close
Dufner walked away with a 63 –- making him the 24th player to shoot that low in a major –- and held the clubhouse lead with a 9-under at Oak Hills Country Club.
The poker-faced Ohioan shrugged it off, saying: "I'm just happy to be in this position going into the weekend."
Not that he could feel too relaxed.
The trio of
"The guys in the afternoon were able to take advantage of some soft conditions and make some birdies," said Kuchar, who finished with a round of 66.
All those low scores figured to put the cut line at 3-over by day’s end. The likes of
As for Dufner, he settled for the competitive course record at Oak Hill, moving past Ben Hogan, Curtis Strange and
Still, he couldn't help thinking about that last putt.
"It's tough," he said. "I showed a little bit of nerves there, leaving it short."
[Update, 4 p.m.: The buzz at Oak Hill eventually quieted – the fans done with their chants of "63! 63!" – and there wasn't much excitement left.
Adam Rose left the premises with a warning: "The course will show its teeth at some point this week. The greens will get firm and fast, especially by Sunday, and Oak Hill will always need to be respected, that's for sure."]
Jason Dufner takes the lead | 2:08 p.m.
Heading into Friday’s play at the
"Just keep doing what I'm doing," he said.
It would be fair to suggest the Ohio native has missed that particular mark.
Instead of holding the status quo, Dufner has torched a soggy Oak Hill Country Club through 16 holes, playing seven strokes better than par for the day and holding the lead at 9-under.
Dufner began his charge with an eagle at No. 2, followed by birdies at Nos. 4 and 5. The back nine has proceeded just as well. At No. 13, he put a good stroke on a medium-distance putt to give himself separation from the pack.
Though Dufner has yet to win on the
"I think I've just got to keep plugging away and playing," he said. "With the pressure of trying to win a major, it's obviously difficult."
Just as tough, the leader is being chased by some talented rivals, with the likes of
Tiger Woods moves back to even par | 1:04 p.m.
The fashionable color of the day at Oak Hill Country Club?
That would be red.
The leaderboard is filled with players shooting low numbers for the second round, making the
Just look at the three golfers tied for first at 7-under.
The weather provided a perfect recipe for all those red numbers, with rain soaking the greens and gray skies brightening to sun as the hours passed.
"The course is obviously softening up, and I'm sure some guys will take advantage of that," Scott said.
The only player who couldn't make good on the conditions was Woody Austin, who talked about the four-stroke penalty he incurred for carrying 15 clubs in his bag -- one more than allowed.
"Can't say I was angry, because it was more ... I don't know, it was more of a shock, so you're kind of like pretty bummed," he said. "That's the first time I've ever done something like that. Now all I've got to do is figure out how to get DQ'd."
Webb Simpson talks about his great round (Noon update)
What a difference a day can make.
During the opening round of the
"It was a pretty low moment for me," Simpson said. "But I kind of had a pep talk with myself."
Which made Friday’s second-round performance all the more enjoyable, with Simpson shooting 64 to tie a competitive course record at Oak Hill Country Club. He now goes in the record book beside Ben Hogan in 1942 and Curtis Strange at the 1982
His sparkling play brightened an otherwise gloomy, wet morning in Rochester, N.Y.
"Rain does make it a little harder to hit good shots ... because you have so much to deal with, towels and wet gloves and wet grips, it's a lot harder work," Simpson said. "But at the same time, it softened the greens up enough to where our approach shots, we could be more aggressive."
And that was enough to put him on the leaderboard at 4-under under brightening afternoon skies.
With the later groups teeing off,
“The first 12 holes were very tough to play,” said
Things were not looking as rosy for
Scott predicted that the greens should remain soft over the next few days, which offers the chance for players to make a move.
"It's probably going to be right there for the taking through the weekend," he said.
Webb Simpson misses course record by one shot (11 a.m. update)
Leader Adam Scott is the leader in the clubhouse at seven-under.
He said he needs to get off to a fast start Saturday unlike Friday when he had a 37 on his first nine. “If I was hot with the putter it could have been better,” Scott said of Friday's round. “The course was playing very long when it was raining so a 68 was a good round.”
Mickelson said the course, even with the rain, was fair. "Unfortunately my game is not sharp enough to attack it," he said. "I hit a lot better tee shots and my draw is pretty good but I'm not sharp on the greens. I'm constantly overreading them."
Webb Simpson has chance at course record (11 a.m.)
On the par-five fourth hole, leader
David Hearn, the Canadian who was a shot out of the lead after the first round, is set to tee off any moment, and
Rose birdied the par-four fifth hole (his 14th) to get to four-under and stay three shots behind leader Scott and tied for third.
Scott took a three-shot lead with a birdie on the par-three sixth hole to get to eight-under (it’s Scott’s 15th hole). He’s eight-under for the tournament and has a three-shot lead over
Adam Scott maintains his lead (9 a.m. update)
Simpson, the 2012
The crazy news of the day: Woody Austin had 15 clubs in his bag, more than allowed, and was assessed a four-stroke penalty.
Mickelson tipped his cap as he left his second shot about eight feet from the hole. He made his par putt and is even for the day, one-over for the tournament.
Adam Scott sets the early pace (8 a.m. update)
The second round of the 2013
The talk after the first round, however, was Furyk, who is trying to find some old magic in his golf bag. He hasn't won a major since the 2003
"No one is surprised to see Jim Furyk on top of any leaderboard," said
Former world No. 1