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Checking in at the Byron Nelson Championship

By Shane Bacon | Blogger

We are halfway done with the Byron Nelson Championship, but there are a ton of good storylines. Which player has a chance to win his second event in three starts? Who has a chance to go back-to-back? And the guy that won last year? Check out all that's happened through two rounds.

Jason Dufner with another early lead -- It took Jason Dufner exactly 164 PGA Tour starts to get his first win, but if he keeps up the play he's shown through 36 holes at the Byron Nelson, it would take him exactly two starts to get his second. Yes, Dufner's win in late April at the Zurich Classic over Ernie Els was a great relief for the guy that always seems to be in the hunt these days, but it would be just one tournament between wins if the leader at the halfway mark at the Nelson could hold on and join Hunter Mahan as the only two-time winner on tour this season.

Matt Kuchar's chance to go back-to-back -- Dufner sits just a shot ahead of a huge group of six players at 6-under that includes last week's winner, Kuchar, who is trying to become the first player to go back-to-back on tour since Tiger Woods did it in 2009. He mentioned on Friday that he respects this tournament so much and he wants his name on the trophy so bad that the fatigue from winning a week ago doesn't really bother him. Sounds like the type of mental attitude you need to get two in a row.

A Chad Campbell return?! -- It has been an incredibly forgettable year for Campbell, the Texas native with four PGA Tour wins under his belt, but sometimes, being close to home can be the best slump-breaker of them all. Campbell hasn't cashed in since '07, but he's in that huge group at 6-under and very much has a chance to win one of the tournaments that would mean the most to him.

Keegan Bradley's attempt at a title defense -- A year ago at this time, you had absolutely no idea who Keegan Bradley was, but his playoff victory here gave him the confidence, and the street cred, to land a spot in the PGA Championship and eventually win it in a playoff against, who else, Jason Dufner. Bradley hasn't been playing that great of golf lately, but he was amped to return to the site of his breakout win, and he's playing well, just two shots back of Dufner and in a great spot to repeat.

Phil Mickelson not sharp, but not forgotten -- The crazy thing about this tournament is just nine shots separate the leader and the guys that just made the cut. The weather has made this anyone's event, and while Phil is 1-under, and six back, he isn't completely out of it. His cause was obviously helped by this shot he was able to pull off on Friday, an early candidate for shot of the year on the PGA Tour.

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