Jason Dufner Take the Lead at the Transitions Championship: A Fan’s Take

The second round started with high hopes from seasoned veterans and new faces alike. Padraig Harrington got off to an incredible start on Thursday. The Irishman has not really been a factor in recent years but was looking to rekindle his success from prior years. At the beginning of the day, Harrington had a three shot lead over his closest competitor. I was not expecting Padraig to be able to hold on to his lead and he did not.

Harrington began the day on the back nine. He started off well and made a birdie at the eleventh. He made all pars until he got to the 18th hole where he made his first bogey tournament. This took some of the wind out of Harrington's sail. He dropped two more shots at six and seven, shooting a 73 on the par 71 course. Harrington is currently in second place and will have to step his game up if he is to have a shot at victory.

The story of the day came from American Jason Dufner. Dufner has been one of my favorite golfers to watch in the past couple of seasons because he is always so calm and collected. The player is confident but not cocky and extremely collected for a professional athlete. He is yet to win on tour, but a victory should come to Jason in the very near future, if not, this week. Jason shot a 66 on Thursday and was able to repeat his performance with another -5 round. The golfer was bogey free and made birdies on holes one, three, five, nine and eleven. I wish him the best of luck going into the weekend and will be cheering him on as play continues.

Also of note, Luke Donald is sitting comfortably at just three shots back of Dufner. With a victory, Luke Donald could reclaim the top ranked status and end Rory McIlroy's tenure at the position in just two weeks. Donald has come out to a slow start in 2012 but has been steadily improving. He looks to be trying to get as much play under his belt as possible before the Masters begins on April 2nd. Jim Furyk, a previous winner at the Transitions Championship, is at -6 with a chance at repeating victory going into the weekend.

I am anticipating a close finish. There is much drama to still unfold at the Transitions Championship. Florida has been very exciting for the PGA Tour in 2012 thus far. May the best man win.

I am an avid fan of the sport of golf. I enjoy being up to date with all the new faces and watching the close matches on a weekly basis.

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