FORT WORTH, Texas -- Jason Dufner is halfway to making 66-year history.
The winner of last week's HP Byron Nelson Championship is the clubhouse leader after two rounds at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial after playing a bogey-free round on Friday. Dufner's charge came with three consecutive birdies on hole Nos. 1, 2 and 3 after he birdied No. 17.
He then parred his final five holes to carry a minus-11 for the tournament on a second hot and gusty day.
The history Dufner has a chance to capture is immense. No golfer has won the Dallas-Fort Worth events in the same season since Fort Worth's own Ben Hogan did it in 1946. Back then, the Byron Nelson Championship was known as the Dallas Open.
And no golfer has won both events since it's been played in consecutive weeks.
"That would be a pretty neat thing. I didn't realize that nobody has won these events back-to-back," Dufner said after firing a six-under-par 64 on Friday. "It would be a great accomplishment to do that. Coming into the week, obviously after last week, I didn't really know what quite to expect after winning. You are never really sure how you are going to respond to all of the requests that you have and what your energy levels are going to be like."
Dufner's day didn't start with fireworks. He started on the second nine and made par on Nos. 10, 11 and 12 before making birdie on the par-3 No. 13. He would par again on No. 17 to set up his three-hole run of birdies to shoot him out to the lead in the morning round.
"After yesterday I felt pretty good about my chances of playing well this week," said Dufner, who entered Friday one shot off the leader, Zach Johnson, who got off to a hot start to his second round in the afternoon group. "So we will just go into the weekend with the lead, or near the lead, and hopefully continue to play some good golf and maybe make a little bit of history."
Johnson is his closest threat at the moment, three shots back. Johnson sliced into Dufner's lead quickly with an eagle out of the gate on No. 1, followed by a birdie to get to 9-under. But, Johnson bogeyed No. 3 and has remained at 8-under as he approaches the turn.
Sergio Garcia, who started the day at 4-under, birdied No. 3 and No. 6 to get to 6-under as he also approaches the turn.
Dufner, who earned $1.17 million with his win in Dallas, could add another $1.15 million with a victory in Fort Worth, has held at least a share of the lead (assuming he keeps it Friday) 11 times in his last 34 rounds.
"It’s fun to watch and you can definitely feed off of it," said Rickie Fowler, who played in Dufner's group with Matt Kuchar, and is seven shots off the lead. "You can see how much confidence he’s playing with right now. He’s definitely in control of his golf ball and hitting his numbers. He’s firing at sticks right now and hitting a lot of good putts."