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2012 U.S. Open Golf Leaderboard: Jason Dufner Shoots 1-Over 71 To Stay In Hunt

After carding a 1-over 71 on Friday, Cleveland native Jason Dufner sits in good shape at the 112th U.S. Open Championship with the majority of golfers still toiling away on the course.

Dufner started off his morning round on the wrong foot with a bogey on the first and a double bogey three holes later on No. 4, but used a pair of birdie putts on No. 7 and No. 9 to claw back to 1-over for the day. Two more birdies at the par-3 15th and par-5 17th holes rounded out his 2nd attempt at the Olympic Club's difficult track in strong fashion.

The 18-hole leader after an impressive 66 on Thursday, Michael Thompson currently holds a three-stroke lead on the field after just two holes played on Friday with a number of big names breathing down his neck. Behind him lies tour veteran Jim Furyk, who posted one of the best rounds of the day with a 69 to pull within three shots of Thompson and position himself well for the weekend.

Fan favorite Tiger Woods, also three shots off the lead at 1-under for the tournament, has not yet finished his first hole after teeing off at 4:18 p.m. ET. Woods could benefit from the late start on Friday as a number of his closest competitors continue to drop rapidly off the leaderboard.

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