Dufner leads in New Orleans

Updated: April 28, 2012


American Jason Dufner leads the New Orleans Classic in Avondale, Louisiana, by a shot following a last hole birdie on the 18th hole of the second round.

Seeking his first victory on the PGA Tour after twice losing out in playoffs last season, Dufner carded a seven-under-par 65 at the TPC Louisiana to post a 12-under total of 132.

Scotland’s Russell Knox, a rookie on the US circuit this year who has made only two cuts in eight starts, fired a superb 64 to tie the course record and share second place with Americans Ken Duke (68) and John Rollins (66).

Australian left-hander Greg Chalmers also shot a 64 and was a further stroke back at 10 under, level with three-times major winner Ernie Els (68) and American world No 7 Steve Stricker (68).