McKINNEY, Texas — Now that Sam Burns has discovered how you can flip an early lead right into a victory, it is already time to strive once more.
Burns birdied six of his final eight holes Friday for a 10-under 62 and a two-stroke lead over Alex Noren at 17 beneath after the second spherical of the AT&T Byron Nelson.
Noren shot 64 to get to fifteen beneath, and Ok.H. Lee had his second 65 to achieve 14 beneath. Doc Redman bogeyed two of his final three holes for a 67 that left him 13 beneath.
J.J. Spaun was 12 beneath, following a first-round 63 that left him tied with Jordan Spieth with a 69. Spieth shot 70, leaving the native favourite within the group at 11 beneath that included Matt Kuchar and Charl Schwartzel.
Scoring went up general together with the wind a day after the brand new dwelling of the Nelson, the par-72 TPC Craig Ranch north of Dallas, surrendered 94 rounds within the 60s in its debut. Within the second spherical, there have been 93 scores of 70 or greater.
The more durable circumstances did not have an effect on Burns, enjoying for the primary time since his first PGA Tour win two weeks in the past on the Valspar Championship in Florida.
Earlier than Burns gained at Innisbrook, the 24-year-old Louisiana native had twice did not convert 54-hole leads, within the Houston Open final fall and the Genesis Invitational at Riviera in February.
Now he has a tour-best 5 36-hole leads this season after following a 65 with the bottom spherical of his profession. Burns is making an attempt to grow to be the primary to get his first two PGA Tour victories in consecutive begins since Camilo Villegas in 2008.
“The largest factor for me is simply seeing the arduous work that we put in it, begin seeing outcomes from that,” Burns stated. “A number of occasions you do not know how lengthy the outcomes are going to take. It is cool to see some suggestions from the progress we have made again dwelling and seeing it in match play as effectively.”
Already with a four-hole run of birdies on the again 9, Burns put his tee shot within the stadium setting of the par-3 seventeenth inside 4 ft, then hit a brief strategy on the par-5 18th to 2 ft for birdie.
One other birdie got here on the par-4 14th, when Burns laid up on the 318-yard gap whereas bulked-up enjoying accomplice Bryson DeChambeau drove the inexperienced and two-putted for birdie for the second day in a row. Burns made a 17-footer.
DeChambeau, who performed at close by SMU and is one in all three top-10 gamers within the subject, had two late bogeys for a 68 to get to 7 beneath. Sung Kang, the 2019 winner and defending champion after final yr’s cancellation, is 8 beneath after a 69.
Spieth did not make any putts past 12 ft a day after a 55-footer for eagle on the ultimate gap pulled him even with Spaun.
Nonetheless, Spieth was in his greatest place in 5 years for a top-10 end — or higher — on the Nelson. That hasn’t occurred within the decade since Spieth contended on Sunday as a 16-year-old newbie earlier than tying for sixteenth.
Not solely are Spieth’s ideas on the most effective end in his hometown occasion, the three-time main winner and others are peeking at subsequent week’s PGA Championship on the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island in South Carolina.
“There isn’t a cause for me to not belief all the pieces I am doing,” stated Spieth, who ended an almost four-year victory drought in San Antonio the week earlier than ending third on the Masters. “At this level, I’ve bought a chance to contend right here, and if I can get myself an opportunity on Sunday, that’s the greatest prep for this match and likewise subsequent week.”
Burns and Spieth have already got spots within the PGA. Lee, who has by no means gained on the PGA Tour, does not. A Nelson victory would put the 29-year-old South Korean within the subject.
Hideki Matsuyama shot 70 and was proper on the Nelson’s record-low lower line at 6 beneath in his first look since turning into the primary Japanese winner on the Masters. Jon Rahm, the highest-ranked participant within the subject at No. 3, shot 69 and was 7 beneath.
Masters runner-up Will Zalatoris, enjoying not removed from the place he grew up on a course he is aware of effectively, joined Matsuyama at 6 beneath. The 24-year-old birdied two of his final 4 holes for a 68.
The Nelson moved to Craig Ranch after final yr’s COVID-19 cancellation, which adopted two years on the treeless Trinity Forest hyperlinks course in Dallas. Earlier than that, the Nelson spent greater than 30 years on the 4 Seasons resort in Irving.
Craig Ranch’s debut coincided with Lee Westwood‘s first look in both Dallas-area match. The 48-year-old Englishman, who hasn’t performed Colonial in close by Fort Value, shot a 64 and was 9 beneath. Westwood wished to see his daughter in Florida — and did not need to go into the PGA with out having performed in a month.
“I believed perhaps, you realize, strive a brand new expertise,” stated Westwood, who opened his second spherical on the again 9 and birdied 5 of the primary six holes. “I do not need to name it prep for subsequent week, however I want to enter a significant championship being aggressive the week earlier than.”