Jason Dufner making himself known

You think major championship records, and you don’t think
Jason Dufner right away.

At the beginning of his career, he had a hard enough time just
holding onto a PGA Tour card. He had just two top-10 finishes in
2010, and you might have said he was a little bummed out.

But Dufner does appear to be on fire at the moment. He shot a 63
Friday in the second round of the PGA Championship. That equals the
record, which had been done 23 times before, and left him in first
place with a two-shot lead.

”I’m just happy to be in this position going into
the weekend,” he
told the Los Angeles Times.

That’s typical of a guy who never gets too excited. (h/t
Deadspin for the

There were signs Dufner had been heating up for a while now,
though. It started in 2011, when Dufner, who had never won a PGA
tournament of any kind, entered the final round of the PGA
Championship tied for the lead with Brendan Steele. After Keegan
Bradley made triple bogey on the 15th hole, Dufner found himself
nursing a five-stroke lead with four to play.

Which, of course, is when he drilled his tee shot into the

So he took second there, then shared the 36-hole lead at The
Masters in 2012 before finishing 24th. In June, he got fourth at
the U.S. Open.

And Friday, he did this:

That 150-yard eagle put him at 4-under and three strokes behind
leader Adam Scott, who Dufner would soon blow by, turning in a
beautiful card with no bogeys, five birdies and the eagle on the
par-4 second hole.

He had a chance at grabbing that score record all for himself.
He missed a makeable birdie put on the 18th hole. Left it

“I showed a little bit of nerves there,” he