After an excellent second round on the Oak Hill Country Club course, Jason Dufner is now the bookies’ favourite to take the years’ final major as play heads into the business end of the tournament.
Leader – Jason Dufner
The 36-year-old from Auburn, Alabama hit a terrific seven-under-par round of 63 to lead the field at the close of play on Friday at -9.
A terrific eagle on the second gave him the springboard where he went onto make a further five birdies and pared the remainder.
The -7 under today gives him a two shot advantage over his nearest challengers, Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar and Jim Furyk. Ladbrokes currently offer the best odds on Dufner claiming his first major on Sunday at 4/1.
Scott, Furyk & Kuchar at -7
Australian Scott had been one of the pre-tournament favourites and a run of five consecutive birdies during his first round on Thursday gave him the overnight lead at the end of the first day on five under par.
He remains in contention ahead of the final two days of play and is looking to add to his one major win in his career to date, this year’s Masters.
That has been his only tournament win this season but to add a second major within the space of a few months would be really special for the 33-yaer-old.
The closest he’s come to winning the PGA Championship was back in 2006 at Medinah Country Club, when he was tied third with Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia but a staggering six shots behind champion Tiger Woods.
A number of bookmakers are offering odds of 9/2 on Scott claiming the title on Sunday, including Bet 365.
Furyk had a very good first round yesterday making five under par and built on that scoreline today with a round of 68 and remains within touching distance of the leader. Furyk is a man also looking to double his tally of majors after his US Open win back in 2003.
Boylesports are just one of a handful of outlets offering odds of 12/1 on Furyk winning the tournament outright.
The other man on -7 is Florida’s Kuchar who has had an impressive season so far this year. After winning the 2012 Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass, he has since picked up the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship this February and The Memorial Tournament in June. A round of four under par on Friday saw him close in on the lead.
A swathe of websites provide odds of 7/1 on a Kuchar victory on Sunday, including Totesport.
Justin Rose is just a shot behind those three and still placed highly in the bookies’ charts for success on Sunday evening. A solid but not sparkling two-under par in the opening round got his tournament off to a steady start and six birdies in the opening nine holes on Friday really put him in a strong position at -8.
However three bogeys in the inward nine saw him drop back slightly in the standings but the Englishman remains in a good position to mount an assault on the title this weekend.
Rose is emerging as one of the favourites to win the title on Sunday and Boylesports are just one outlet that are pricing him at 7/1.
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