Jason Dufner, trying to play more conservatively when he doesn't feel confident about attacking, made it through another round at Innisbrook without a bogey and posted a second straight 5-under 66 to take a two-shot lead.
PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Jason Dufner and Padraig Harrington felt cautious at times for different reasons Friday in the Transitions Championship. They also had a far different outcome.
Harrington was 12 shots worse than his course-record 61 Thursday.
Dufner, trying to play more conservatively when he doesn’t feel confident about attacking, made it through another round at Innisbrook without a bogey and posted a second straight 5-under 66 to take a two-shot lead.
“Pretty stress-free round,” Dufner said.
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Harrington didn’t feel as though he hit the ball much worse in a round of 73. He realized it would be difficult to back up his record score on the Copperhead course with another low score, and it crept into his putting, especially on the back nine.
“I’m happy with my game, but when you shoot a good score, it’s hard to match the next day,” Harrington said. “When you’re leading the tournament, it’s hard not to be a little bit cautious, and I think at times I was on the greens.”
William McGirt had a 68 and joined Harrington at 8-under 134.
Luke Donald, who can return to No. 1 in the world with a win, had a 68 and was in the large group at 7-under 135 that included Puerto Rico winner George McNeill.
Ryan Moore of Puyallup shot a 5-over 147 and missed the cut.
• Top-ranked Yani Tseng shot a 2-under 70 to take a one-stroke lead over five players after the second round of the LPGA Founders Cup in Phoenix
Second-ranked Na Yeon Choi was second along with fellow South Korean players I.K. Kim and Meena Lee and Japan’s Ai Miyazato and Mika Miyazato. Kim had a 66, Lee and Mika Miyazato shot 67, Ai Miyazato had a 68, and Choi shot a 69.
Jimin Kang, a graduate of King’s High in Shoreline, shot a 68 for a 2-under 142. She was tied for 45th with former Husky Paige Mackenzie (70). Wendy Ward (74), who lives near Edwall, outside Spokane, also made the cut with a 1-under 143. She was tied for 58th.
• Bernhard Langer birdied the final hole for a 6-under 65 and a share of the first-round lead with Bobby Clampett and Olin Browne in the Champions Tour’s Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach, Calif.
Loren Roberts, Tom Kite, Steve Pate, Bill Glasson and David Eger were a stroke back.
Seattle’s Fred Couples, the 2010 winner, had a 67.
• Tiger Woods returned to practice Friday and declared himself ready to play next week.
Woods said in a story on his website that his left Achilles tendon felt good and that he would play in the two-day Tavistock Cup exhibition that starts Monday, and then the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.