Dufner Falls Apart; Summerhays Takes Memorial Lead

Jason Dufner’s huge lead vanished in a flurry of bogeys, giving Daniel Summerhays the opening to take over the lead at The Memorial  on Saturday.

Dufner fell apart with four straight bogeys on the front nine and put two balls in the water on the back nine, finishing with a 77. After setting a 36-hole record on Friday, he found himself four strokes off the lead.

Summerhays was the model of consistency, firing a 4-under 68 to reach 13-under, a number he never dreamed would have him in the lead after Dufner reached 14-under, a tournament record, through two days.

Matt Kuchar positioned himself in second place thanks to three straight birdies on the back nine that got him to 10-under, three strokes off the lead. Summerhays is trying to win his first PGA event after 82 starts. Kuchar is after his first PGA crown since April of 2014. He won the Memorial in 2013 by two strokes during a time frame in which he piled up four wins in two seasons before going cold.

Dufner is tied for third at 9-under with Bubba Watson and Justin Thomas. A win for Watson would give him victories in four straight seasons, and all but one since 2010. Ranked 10th at the end of 2016, Watson has since tumbled all the way to 34th thanks to a sluggish start where his best finish was a tie for 25th and he missed the cut at three events including the Masters.

Recently he’s been like the Bubba of old, finishing tied for ninth at the WGC-Dell Match Play and tied for fifth at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Rickie Fowler is tied for sixth at 8-under and Jordan Spieth is a shot back at 7-under.

 

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