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Sports Burns keeps rolling with 2nd-round 62, 2-shot lead at Nelson

05:00  15 may  2021
05:00  15 may  2021 Source:   thecanadianpress.com

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Sam Burns is rolling again with the second - round lead at the AT&T Byron Nelson in his first start since getting his first PGA Tour victory. Noren shot 64 to get to 15 under, and K.H. Lee had his second 65 to reach 14 under. Doc Redman bogeyed two of his last three holes for a 67 that left him 13 under. J.J. Spaun was 12 under, following a first- round 63 that left him tied with Jordan Spieth with a 69. Spieth shot 70, leaving the local favorite in the group at 11 under that included Matt Kuchar and Charl Schwartzel.

Sam Burns is just 36 holes away from his first PGA Tour victory after extending his lead to five strokes at the Genesis Invitational on Friday. A second - round 66 moved the 24-year-old Louisiana native to 12-under on a day with a projected cut line of even par. Burns will have to fend off Jordan Spieth, Wyndham Clark, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Dustin Johnson and others on the top 10 of the leaderboard. Here's a look at the standings heading into Saturday at Riviera Golf Course in Pacific Palisades, California. Genesis Invitational Friday Leaderboard.

McKINNEY, Texas (AP) — Now that Sam Burns has figured out how to turn an early lead into a victory, it's already time to try again.

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Burns birdied six of his last eight holes Friday for a 10-under 62 and a two-stroke lead over Alex Noren at 17 under after the second round of the AT&T Byron Nelson.

Noren shot 64 to get to 15 under, and K.H. Lee had his second 65 to reach 14 under. Doc Redman bogeyed two of his last three holes for a 67 that left him 13 under.

J.J. Spaun was 12 under, following a first-round 63 that left him tied with Jordan Spieth with a 69. Spieth shot 70, leaving the local favorite in the group at 11 under that included Matt Kuchar and Charl Schwartzel.

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Scoring went up overall along with the wind a day after the new home of the Nelson, the par-72 TPC Craig Ranch north of Dallas, surrendered 94 rounds in the 60s in its debut. That number dropped considerably in the second round.

The tougher conditions didn't affect Burns, playing for the first time since his first PGA Tour win two weeks ago at the Valspar Championship in Florida.

Before Burns won at Innisbrook, the 24-year-old Louisiana native who lives in East Texas had twice failed to convert 54-hole leads, in the Houston Open last fall and the Genesis Invitational at Riviera in February.

Now he has a tour-best five 36-hole leads this season after following a 65 with the lowest round of his career. Burns is trying to become the first to get his first two PGA Tour victories in consecutive starts since Camilo Villegas in 2008.

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His previous best round at the Nelson was a second - round 65 that helped him make his only cut four years ago. ''Probably my best putting in the way of longer putts made,'' said Bowditch, whose other 62 was in the final round of the 2011 Viking Classic in Mississippi. ''I typically don't make a lot of longer putts.'' Walker, who picked up his second win of the year in March not far from home at the Texas Open, birdied four of his last five holes. All of the putts were inside 10 feet. ''I'm a Texas guy and lived here a long time, so yeah, winning in Texas is cool,'' said Walker, a

Leishman sets 36-hole Nelson record, keeps Spieth 8 behind. Brian Gay, another playing in calmer morning conditions, matched his tour low at 62 to reach 13 under. He shot a bogey-free 65 and is among five players at 10 under a week after finishing tied for 11th at the Players Championship. “Last week and the first two rounds this week, really promising for me,” said Scott, the 2008 Nelson winner.

“The biggest thing for me is just seeing the hard work that we put in it, start seeing results from that,” Burns said. “A lot of times you don’t know how long the results are going to take. It’s cool to see some feedback from the progress we’ve made back home and seeing it in tournament play as well.”

Already with a four-hole run of birdies on the back nine, Burns put his tee shot in the stadium setting of the par-3 17th inside 4 feet, then hit a short approach on the par-5 18th to 2 feet for birdie.

Another birdie came on the par-4 14th, when Burns laid up on the 318-yard hole while bulked-up playing partner Bryson DeChambeau drove the green and two-putted for birdie for the second day in a row. Burns made a 17-footer.


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DeChambeau, who played at nearby SMU and is one of three top-10 players in the field, had two late bogeys for a 68 to get to 7 under. Sung Kang, the 2019 winner and defending champion after last year's cancellation, is 8 under after a 69.

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He was on the North Course without much bustle — Tiger Woods was on the South — and without any scoreboards. As he kept piling up birdies, Palmer was tempted to get out his phone and see where he stood. “I said, ‘Just don’t look. His 10-under 62 — with a bogey on the last hole — went a long way, taking him to a two - shot lead over Brandt Snedeker going into the weekend. It was a magnificent round to match the weather along the Pacific bluffs. But it wasn't pretty for everyone. Woods opened his round with four putts from 25 feet for a double bogey, and then a spurt of birdies around the turn

Australian Marc Leishman followed up his career-best 61 with a five-under-par 66 on Friday to stay atop the Byron Nelson leaderboard with a tournament-record 36-hole score of 15-under par 127. Leishman broke the 36-hole record of 12-under 128 achieved on six prior occasions at the tournament's former Leishman was delighted to deliver another solid round at Trinity Forest, the first-time host of the tournament held for 35 years in suburban Irving. "When you shoot a really low one like I did yesterday it's hard to back it up," said Leishman, who had a 15-under-par total of 127 and a two - shot lead with

Spieth didn't make any putts beyond 12 feet a day after a 55-footer for eagle on the final hole pulled him even with Spaun.

Still, Spieth was in his best position in five years for a top-10 finish — or better — at the Nelson. That hasn't happened in the decade since Spieth contended on Sunday as a 16-year-old amateur before tying for 16th.

Not only are Spieth's thoughts on the best finish in his hometown event, the three-time major winner and others are peeking at next week's PGA Championship on the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island in South Carolina.

“There is no reason for me not to trust everything I’m doing,” said Spieth, who ended a nearly four-year victory drought in San Antonio the week before finishing third at the Masters. “At this point, I’ve got an opportunity to contend here, and if I can get myself a chance on Sunday, that is the best prep for this tournament and also next week.”

Burns and Spieth already have spots in the PGA. Lee, who has never won on the PGA Tour, doesn't. A Nelson victory would put the 29-year-old South Korean in the field.

Roger Sloan of Merritt, B.C., fired a 68 and is the top Canadian at 10 under. Michael Gligic of Burlington, Ont., (72) is 7 under, while David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., (69) was 5 under to just miss the 6-under cutline for the weekend.

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Hideki Matsuyama shot 70 and was right on the Nelson's record-low cut line at 6 under in his first appearance since becoming the first Japanese winner at the Masters. Jon Rahm, the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 3, shot 69 and was 7 under.

Masters runner-up Will Zalatoris, playing not far from where he grew up on a course he knows well, joined Matsuyama at 6 under. The 24-year-old birdied two of his last four holes for a 68.

The Nelson moved to Craig Ranch after last year's COVID-19 cancellation, which followed two years at the treeless Trinity Forest links course in Dallas. Before that, the Nelson spent more than 30 years at the Four Seasons resort in Irving.

Craig Ranch's debut coincided with Lee Westwood's first appearance in either Dallas-area tournament. The 48-year-old Englishman, who hasn't played Colonial in nearby Fort Worth, shot a 64 and was 9 under. Westwood wanted to see his daughter in Florida — and didn't want to go into the PGA without having played in a month.

“I thought maybe, you know, try a new experience,” said Westwood, who opened his second round on the back nine and birdied five of the first six holes. “I don’t want to call it prep for next week, but I prefer to go into a major championship being competitive the week before.”

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