Published: Mon, May 21, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Leishman leads Wise by one at low-scoring Byron Nelson

Leishman leads Wise by one at low-scoring Byron Nelson

A day after playing a career-best round with a 10-under 61, Marc Leishman picked up where he left off in round two.

Jordan Spieth - still searching for his first win of the year - managed a five-under 66 to move into seven under, enough to leave him tied for 20th.

Walker had five birdies and an eagle on the first for his share of second on 64 one stroke in front of a big group on 65 that included Mexico's Abraham Ancer and American Sam Saunders.

The 34-year-old Australian, a three-time PGA Tour victor, had chances to go lower but settled for a 10-foot birdie putt at the par-3 17th for the lowest round of his PGA Tour career.

World number three Spieth (69), the highest-ranked player in the field, did well to erase a bogey at the par-four fifth with birdies at seven and eight but only had one more birdie the rest of the way and was in a share of 57th place. Texas resident Jimmy Walker and Eric Axley are tied for fourth two more shots back.

That's what Spieth figures he needs since he's more familiar with wind and firmer greens on a course named for the 6,000 acres of thick trees surrounding the undulating layout a few miles south of downtown Dallas.

"It's always pretty hard to back up a really low round with another one", Leishman told Sky Sports. "I know better than that on certain shots".

Spieth sits in the group on seven under
Spieth sits in the group on seven under

Maybe Spieth isn't the only one who feels at home.

Leishman broke the 36-hole record of 12-under 128 achieved on six prior occasions at the tournament's former home of TPC Four Seasons, including twice by Tiger Woods and most recently by Jason Kokrak a year ago.

"I didn't think about that", he said.

"I enjoy this type of golf, it reminds me of back in Australia", Leishman said. In year's past it has been played on the Tournament Players Course at the Four Seasons.

"Last week and the first two rounds this week, really promising for me", said Scott, the 2008 Nelson victor. "I just wasn't able to get it close to the pin".

Smylie Kaufman hit 13 of 18 greens in regulation during his second round at the AT&T Byron Nelson, finishing at 2 over for the tournament. She hit a long drive down the center of the fairway and then followed up with a sand wedge to four feet for another birdie on her last hole. "I'm excited there's wind".

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