Published: Mon, May 13, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Sung Kang matches course with 61 to take Byron Nelson lead

Sung Kang matches course with 61 to take Byron Nelson lead

South Korea's Sung Kang shot a magnificent 10-under 61 in tough conditions to bolt to a four-stroke halfway lead at the PGA Byron Nelson tournament in Dallas.

Kang, whose best result on the PGA Tour was second behind Russell Henley in the 2017 Shell Houston Open, birdied six holes in a row through No. 10 in his record-tying, bogey-free round and finished 36 holes at 16-under 126.

Behind Kang is Matt Every, who shot a 65 on both days to sit at 12-under, while Tyler Duncan, who was seven-under after day one is rolling along in the second round with another strong start.

The runner-up previous year, Leishman withdrew from the Dallas tournament because of a back injury.

Masters runner-up Brooks Koepka, looking to defend his US PGA Championship next week, is among 11 players to have carded a 65. He missed the cut, like he did in two other PGA Tour starts in the Dominican Republic, and tied for 148th in the event that began with 156 players.

After an opening 76 with a chip-in eagle, Romo had three birdies Friday that were countered by four bogeys and a double bogey. "I think Augusta is the only one I don't do it", Koepka said. That all changed on the par 4 6th hole, as McCarthy went on an incredible run. "You can't miss them there", Romo said after the first round.

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"Solid round, just trying to keep pace", Koepka said. And then two or three shots on the back nine cost me.

In the morning, the temperatures were warm and the wind was minimal, but in the afternoon, the temperatures dipped and the wind out of the north made the course more hard. "There are some holes that are pretty hard I made a couple of birdies on those holes and that helped out a lot".

It will be hard for Tony Romo to beat professional golfers at the AT&T Byron Nelson Classic this weekend, but he did get the crowd pumped up on the seventh hole when he chipped in for eagle.

"I was hoping it'd be good by today because I really love the tournament, but it wasn't feeling too flash this morning so I made a decision to withdraw and seek some more treatment".

Jordan Spieth hits to the 18th green during the second round of the Byron Nelson golf tournament Friday, May 10, 2019, in Dallas.

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