Dunfner leads Els chases

Updated: April 29, 2012

American Jason Dufner birdied two of the last four holes to take a two-shot lead in Saturday’s third round of the New Orleans Classic in Avondale, Louisiana, and close in on a maiden PGA Tour victory.

A stroke in front of the chasing pack overnight, journeyman Dufner broke clear of a three-way logjam late in the day as he birdied the 15th and last holes to card a five-under-par 67.

South African Ernie Els, a three-times major winner, birdied three of the last six holes for a 68 to lie three strokes off the pace with American John Rollins (69).

Dufner, who twice lost out in playoffs on the PGA Tour last season, mixed four birdies with a lone bogey to reach the turn in three-under 33.