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Jason Dufner needed this putt for the lowest-ever round at a Major

Dufner’s second round of 63 moves him into a two-shot lead at the PGA Championship at Oak Hill.

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JASON DUFNER MATCHED the low score in Major golf history, firing a seven-under par 63 to seize the lead after two rounds of the PGA Championship.

On an Oak Hill course that was drenched by rain showers all morning, Dufner fired five birdies and an eagle to finish on nine-under par for a two-stroke lead in the $8 million tournament.

“The rain, the soft golf course, made it scorable,” Dufner said. “But to join history, to shoot a 63 in a major, pretty unbelievable. To be leading the tournament, even better. Hopefully it will propel me to a great weekend.”

Masters winner Adam Scott and Americans Jim Furyk and Matt Kuchar shared second place on seven-under, with Sweden’s Henrik Stenson and England’s Justin Rose, the US Open champion, a shot back on six-under.

Dufner became the 24th player to shoot 63 in a major. He had a 12-foot birdie putt at the 18th hole to shoot the first 62 in a major but left it 18 inches short and his tap-in for par dropped in off the right edge of the cup.

“You don’t want to leave anything short to make history,” Dufner said. “But I was able to two-putt and at least share history.”

Defending champion Rory McIlroy, enduring a season of struggles, started on the back nine and birdied four of his last seven holes to finish on level par.

“That’s two front nines I’ve played pretty good this week,” McIlroy said. “If I get the back nine sorted out I’ll be doing fine.”

- © AFP, 2013

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