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Jason Dufner making himself known

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Tully Corcoran

Tully Corcoran spent seven years covering the Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas Jayhawks for The Topeka Capital-Journal. His work has been honored multiple times by The Kansas Press Association. He most recently wrote for FOX Sports Houston and FOX Sports Southwest. Follow him on Twitter.

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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 to Deadspin for the photo).

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 water.

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 short.

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

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