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PGA Championship: Jason Dufner earns plaudits and cautions from Colin Montgomerie

Last Updated: 10/08/13 10:21am

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Colin Montgomerie heaped praise on Jason Dufner after the likeable American shot the joint-lowest major score of all-time with a round of 63 on Friday at the US PGA Championship at Oak Hill.

The 36-year-old's remarkable card included an eagle and five birdies, with only a nervy two putt at the last denying him the record.

Dufner's seven-under effort moved him to nine-under for the tournament, two clear of Masters champion Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar and Jim Furyk, while England's Justin Rose, who lifted the US Open trophy earlier this year, is one shot further back.

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"That was a great round of golf," said Montgomerie, who finished runner-up at the PGA in 1995.

"It wasn't a 63 just because he putted well; everything went well for him, everything was bang on today."
Colin Montgomerie

"Fancy standing over a four foot putt and not caring whether it went in or not - that's what he's like. We'd all hole more if we were like that!

"He was three under after four and really up and running and from there he played really good golf.

"It wasn't a 63 just because he putted well; everything went well for him, everything was bang on today."

Fear

However, recalling Dufner's play-off defeat to Keegan Bradley in the 2011 PGA Championship in Atlanta, where the Cleveland player surrendered a five stroke advantage with four to play after a Saturday 65 put him in contention, Montgomerie worries, with a talented chasing pack of major winners behind him, Dufner may once again fail to his lead through the remaining 36 holes.

"He didn't play badly on that occasion but it just unravelled from 16," reflected the former Ryder Cup captain.

"I fear for him slightly here as well because of the last two putts he made at 17 and 18. They were not the most positive putts. They went in, yes, but they didn't go anywhere near the middle of the hole.

"Especially his two at the last, for 62 - I hate to sound critical but his first was a poor effort - he should have given it a go - and his second was a scratchy effort.

"He's playing with Adam Scott now, who is on a high, and it will be very interesting to see if Dufner can play the way he did today."

Butch Harmon agreed with Montgomerie's concerns and suggested viewers will be in for a treat over the next two days, as a talented chasing pack try to hunt down a confident and in-form Dufner.

"This is the second time he's had an opportunity at this Championship - but what's going to happen to Jason Dufner? I don't know," said Harmon.

"I know one thing: he's playing with a tremendous amount of confidence. But look at the chasing pack, the people who are right there behind him, they are major champions who are right on his tail."

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