Dufner carries lead into final round of Nelson
Jason Dufner shot a 1-under 69 on Saturday, enough to keep a one-stroke lead heading into the final round of the Byron Nelson Championship at Irving, Texas.
On a day when nine players had or shared the lead, Dufner was the one on top alone for the second day in a row when play was done. He was at 8-under 202.
Jason Day shot a 67, with his only bogey coming after missing a short putt on the 18th hole. He was a stroke back along with J.J. Henry and Dicky Pride. Henry also had a 67, and Pride shot a 69.
Vijay Singh had a 66 and was two strokes back. Matt Kuchar, who won The Players Championship last weekend, was four shots back after a 72 with an up-and-down back nine.
Kuchar still has a chance to become the first PGA Tour player since Tiger Woods in 2009 to win in consecutive weeks.
Dufner got his first PGA Tour victory three weeks ago at New Orleans, then took a week off to get married before returning to play at The Players Championship last week.
Dufner's only bogey came at the 528-yard par-4 third hole, when he knew right away that his drive wasn't a good one. He immediately dropped his club to watch as the ball flew into a bunker on the left side of the fairway, opposite the water on the right where he hit his tee shot the previous day.
He got that stroke back with a 10-foot birdie putt at No. 6, and had pars the rest of the way except for the 14-foot birdie at the par-4 14th.
Day was bogey-free and 8 under until his par putt of less than 2 feet at the 18th hole rimmed around the cup and rolled back toward him.
The 2010 Nelson champion, Day finished fifth last year in his only other appearance on the TPC as Four Seasons course.
Henry had three birdies on the back nine after two bogeys on the easier front nine. Pride has been playing professionally for 20 years, and his only PGA Tour victory was in 1994.
Pressel wins twice to reach semifinals of Sybase
Morgan Pressel inched closer to her first LPGA Tour title since 2008, posting two very different victories to reach the semifinals of the Sybase Match Play Championship .
Pressel rallied from 2-down with three holes to play to stun No. 2 ranked Na Yeon Choi in 19 holes in the morning and rolled over Anna Nordqvist of Sweden 5 and 4 in the afternoon quarterfinal in the surprised-filled event at the Hamilton Farm Golf Club in Gladstone, N.J.
Pressel will face former NCAA champion Azahara Munoz in one of the semifinals this morning, while American Vicky Hurst and Candie Kung will square off in the other match. The championship and consolation are Sunday afternoon.
Of the four players left, Pressel is the highest seed at No. 15. The 19th-seeded Munoz and the 37th-seeded Hurst have never won an LPGA Tour event. The 30-year-old Kung, who beat No. 1 ranked Yani Tseng in the morning round of 16, has four tour wins, but none since 2008. Kung is the lowest seed in the 64-player field at No. 49.
"I think that I definitely want to win again and I'll have a chance tomorrow," said the soon-to-be 24-year Pressel. "No matter what happens, I think that I - this is the best I've played in a long time, and from Japan two weeks ago to this week, I finally feel comfortable with my game again to a point where I haven't been in a while. I'm going to give it everything that I have tomorrow."
Pressel, whose best finish this year is a tie for 20th, has been steady this week. She made birdies on the 16th and 17th holes to tie Choi and won on the 19th when the South Korean missed a par-saving putt. In the afternoon, she ran away from Nordqvist after the one-time U.S. Women's Open champion fell behind after a couple of bogeys.
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