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Dufner Enters Final Round of Byron Nelson With One-Stroke Lead

May 20, 2012

Jason Dufner enters the final round of golf’s Byron Nelson Championship with a one-stroke lead after firing a 1-under 69 yesterday.

Dufner had a bogey and two birdies during yesterday’s round, leaving him at 8-under 202 for the first three rounds at TPC Four Seasons Resort in Irving Texas.

“I feel good with where my game is at, what I’m doing out there, getting more comfortable playing in final groups and getting more comfortable trying to win these tournaments,” Dufner told reporters. “I think the more you do it the more comfortable you’re going to be, and the more successful you are, it’s going to carry over.”

J.J. Henry and Jason Day shot 3-under 67 to share second place with Dicky Pride, who had a 69 yesterday, at 7-under 203. Vijay Singh was next at 6-under 204.

Day, the 2010 Byron Nelson winner, missed moving into the lead with Dufner when he carded a bogey on the final hole.

“The first putt wasn’t the greatest, but the second was a decent putt, and I just hit it too hard through the break,” Day said. “One day that hole will pay me back, and hopefully it’s tomorrow.”

Pride birdied five and seven, but didn’t make another during the remainder of his round and dropped a stroke at 12, where he twice found the rough and missed a lengthy par putt.

Henry was at three-under after a bogey at No. 8, but he birdied four of his next eight holes to get to 7-under.

A second cut yesterday eliminated eight players whose scores missed the 4-over cutoff, leaving 71 players.

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