Jason Dufner extended his one stroke lead after Friday up to two strokes with another solid round of five under 67 on Saturday, and is looking to finally break through and win his first career PGA Tour event.
Dufner got off to a hot start on Saturday, with three birdies over his first five holes, and after making a disappointing bogey on the sixth hole, he was able to continue the momentum with three more birdies before finishing his day. I thought Saturday was going to be a crucial one for Jason, as he had done well for the first two rounds in previous events but always seemed to have poor finishes on the weekend to play himself out of contention. This week, however, Dufner has played very consistently, ranking in the top 25 in the field in both driving accuracy and greens in regulation, along with second in the field in putts per round at just under 26. Anything could happen, but I don't see him collapsing on Sunday, which would mean that someone would have to go very low to pass Jason, and honestly I don't see that happening.
If there was someone who has a chance of surpassing Dufner on Sunday it would be Ernie Els, who is currently three shots out of the lead and tied for third. Els shot a third round score of four under 68, but really had an off day with the driver more than anything else. If he can hit more fairways and give himself a chance at making more birdies I could certainly see him shooting between five and seven under to give Dufner a run for his money.
Watson has been pretty much a no-show at this week's event, shooting two rounds of one under par 71 to barely make the cut. However, Bubba got back to his old self on Saturday with a fantastic seven under 65 that included a double bogey on a par 3. The main difference for his third round as opposed to his first two was his putting, as he hit 33 putts in the first two rounds but had only 26 on day three of the event. He could make some noise on Sunday, but he is currently eight shots out of the lead so it is highly doubtful that he has any chance of winning even if the golfers near the top of the leaderboard were to fall back some.
Ryan Kekoufski is a scratch golfer who has both played and watched the sport for well over a decade. He covers sports for the Yahoo! Contributor Network, and currently resides in Virginia.
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