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Dufner takes the halfway lead, Harrington stumbles
By Seth Kerr
GolfWRX Staff Writer
Sometimes in life you get the carrot and sometimes you get the stick. Padraig Harrington got the stick today, following up his first-round 61 with a second-round 73 at the Transitions Championship. Harrington needed 33 putts in the second round, 11 more than in the first.
Jason Dufner shot his second-straight bogey-free 66 to take a two shot lead over Harrington and William McGirt.
Luke Donald had another steady round, shooting a 3-under par 68 to finish in a group with five players at 7-under in second place. Donald could regain the No. 1 spot from Rory McIlroy in the Official World Golf Rankings with a win this week.
Many Europeans are in the field this week trying to earn as many points as they can to insure a spot on the Ryder Cup team. Captain Jose Maria Olazabal decided to only make two captain’s picks instead of the three used by Colin Montgomerie in the 2010 matches, so being inside the top 10 is imperative for Europeans that hope to make the team.
Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, Peter Hansen, Donald and Paul Casey are all trying to pick up coveted points so they do not have to rely on a captain’s pick. However, Casey shot a second round 76 and failed to make the cut. Casey was making just his second start of the year after a skiing accident in the offseason.
Another player trying to pick up as many points and as much money as possible is Jamie Lovemark. Lovemark is playing on a medical exemption after having back surgery in 2011. he has just 16 tournaments to earn enough money to keep his Tour card. Lovemark sits in 13th place; five strokes back after a second round 67.
Jeff Overton is also in the field this week trying to find his game after switching from Mizuno to Cleveland Golf. Since the last Ryder Cup and the infamous, “Boom Baby” shot, Overton has struggled on Tour. Overton has only two top-25 finishes this year, with his best finish coming at the Puerto Rico Open, where he tied for 14th. It would seem Overton’s only shot of making the Ryder Cup team this year is to get hot at the right time and show Davis Love he can bring some of the same fire he did in 2010.
Defending champion, Gary Woodland, made the cut and sits at 3-under par in a tie for 34th place.
The third round can be seen on NBC from 3-6 p.m. EST.