Thursday, 23 May, 2019

Marc Leishman Breaks Byron Nelson Record To Stay Top Of The Leaderboard

Marc Leishman takes Byron Nelson lead with career-low 61 in Round 1			Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports Marc Leishman takes Byron Nelson lead with career-low 61 in Round 1 Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports
Deanna Wagner | 21 May, 2018, 17:51

Marc Leishman followed his best ever round on the PGA Tour with a five-under-par 66 on Friday to maintain the lead at the half-way mark of the Byron Nelson tournament.

They were part of an eight-way tie four shots behind Leishman. Defending champion Billy Horschel is 10 shots off the lead at 5 under.

The three-times PGA Tour victor, whose previous career-low was 62, then made birdies at the sixth and seventh holes before a scorching trip around the back nine that included four birdies and an eagle at the par-five 14th. Albeit at a different course, it was at the Nelson in 2005 that Tiger Woods' record of 142 consecutive cuts was broken.

Playing alongside Texans Spieth and Jimmy Walker in his 200th PGA Tour start, McDowell opened with three straight bogeys and did well to post a one-over 72 that left him just inside the projected cut mark alongside Harrington, who made four birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey in a 70. Spaun had six birdies in a span of seven holes for a 30 on his second nine - the front nine on the undulating layout with no trees or water hazards a few miles south of downtown Dallas.

"I putted a lot better today as far as the way it looked and it was really frustrating - kind of laziness - to miss a tap-in and on the last hole". His fellow Australian Matt Jones played in the final group but faded with an even-par 71 to be tied 13th at 13 under. "Being my second chance at it, I feel like it's only going to be better than that".

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"I'm not disappointed that the wind's forecast to get up", said Leishman, a three-time PGA Tour victor. The Nelson spent the previous 35 years at a more conventional venue in suburban Irving. "It's knowing what I shouldn't do and it's just me trying to get greedy".

His putting struggles are a real problem this year, but what's more alarming is him missing putts from so close.

"There's a little more pressure on it because there's more people and it's a bigger scene, but I felt like I did a great job of handling all that at Quail Hollow", Wise said.

"I finish 16th tomorrow and people are going to say, 'What's wrong?'" said Spieth, a three-time major victor.

Leishman, who hit every fairway in regulation, said that was the key.