Tracker: Todd leads Byron Nelson; Spieth makes cut
Brendon Todd made seven birdies, five on his back nine and two straight to close his round, en route to a second-round, 6-under 64 Friday at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Todd, now at 8 under, leads a group of nine players tied for second at 6 under. That group includes Martin Kaymer, Graham DeLaet and Mike Weir.
Meanwhile, Jordan Spieth bounced back with a second-round 67 to move to 3 under and safely make the cut, which fell at 1 over.
Here's how it all unfolded Friday at TPC Four Seasons Resort in Irving, Texas:
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Update No. 14: 5:45 p.m. EDT
Brendon Todd caps a second-round, 6-under 64 with two straight birdies to take the clubhouse lead at 8 under. Todd leads by two shots. He made a 6-footer for birdie at the par-3 17th before draining a 9-footer for birdie at the par-4 18th.
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Update No. 13: 5:08 p.m. EDT
Brendon Todd had gotten it to 7 under, but a bogey at the par-4 15th has dropped him back into an eight-way tie for the lead at 6 under.
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Update No. 12: 4:40 p.m. EDT
Jordan Spieth makes a 10-footer for birdie at the par-4 11th to move to 2 under. Also moving is the projected cut line, which is now 1 over.
Meanwhile, David Duval, who was just one shot off the lead entering the day, shot 6-over 76 today and is projected to miss the cut at 2 over.
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Update No. 11: 4:14 p.m. EDT
Jordan Spieth remains at 1 under overall, now through 10 holes after a par at the par-4 10th. He's still a shot above to projected cut line, too.
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Update No. 10: 3:41 p.m. EDT
It's getting crowded at the top. Tim Herron, Tyrone Van Aswegen and Marc Leishman have all joined the five clubhouse leaders – Graham DeLaet, Paul Casey, Mike Weir, Morgan Hoffmann and Martin Kaymer – in the lead at 6 under.
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Update No. 9: 3:25 p.m. EDT
Jordan Spieth is back to 1 under after his birdie at the par-5 seventh. Spieth missed the green left in two, but got his third shot to about 6 feet and made the birdie putt.
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Update No. 8: 3:10 p.m. EDT
Jordan Spieth is even par on his round through five holes. He's also even for the tournament, right on the projected cut line and six shots back of a group of five players tied for the lead.
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Update No. 7: 2:30 p.m. EDT
Amateur Scottie Scheffler made a birdie putt from 34 feet at the par-3 17th to move back to 1 under. He finished with par at the 18th for a 2-under 68. The projected cut is even par, so Scheffler will likely make the cut.
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Update No. 6: 2:18 p.m. EDT
Patrick Cantlay birdies the par-5 16th to get back to 1 under overall. Also, Scottie Scheffler's bogeys at Nos. 15-16 have dropped him back to even par. He has two holes left and the projected cut is currently even par.
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Update No. 5: 1:56 p.m. EDT
Jordan Spieth birdies his opening hole of the second round, the par-4 first, and he's now 1 under for the tournament. This is Spieth's fourth start at the Byron Nelson and he's yet to miss the cut. The projected cut line, by the way, is 1 over.
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Update No. 4: 1:36 p.m. EDT
Amateur Scottie Scheffler has five birdie through 13 holes today. He's 3 under on his round and 2 under overall, just four shots off the lead.
Scheffler won the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley last month. Click here to read more about Scheffler's notable junior-golf victory.
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Update No. 3: 1:25 p.m. EDT
Graham DeLaet, Morgan Hoffmann and Mike Weir all post 4-under 66s, and all three are tied with Martin Kaymer for the lead at 6 under.
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Update No. 2: 12:48 p.m. EDT
Here's a recap of Thursday's first-round action, including Peter Hanson's opening-round, 5-under 65.
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Update No. 1: 12:33 p.m. EDT
Graham DeLaet and Morgan Hoffmann are the early risers this morning. They are each 4 under through 16 holes today, and both currently share the lead at 6 under overall.
Also, Scottie Scheffler, an amateur who will play at Texas this fall, is 3 under through nine holes today, and is 2 under overall.
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Thursday's Tour coverage
Peter Hanson birdied his final hole en route to a 5-under 65 in Thursday's opening round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship. The Swede leads David Duval, Tim Wilkinson and Marc Leishman by a shot at TPC Four Seasons Resort. Last week's winner at The Players, Martin Kaymer, is among a group tied for fourth at 3 under. Here are 5 Things you need to know from Thursday's first-round action in San Antonio:
On the verge of taking over the World No. 1 ranking, Adam Scott has committed to playing next week's Crowne Plaza Invitational, the PGA Tour announced Thursday. Also committing is Dustin Johnson, who shot 1-under 69 today to open the HP Byron Nelson Championship and started the week ranked No. 14 in the OWGR. Scott is not playing this week as the Associated Press has reported he will take the top spot from Tiger Woods.
Graeme McDowell will skip next week's BMW PGA Championship in England to spend time at his U.S. home with his pregnant wife. McDowell's status for a spot on Europe's team for the Sept. 26-28 Ryder Cup is uncertain as he ranks 20th on the European points list; McDowell has posted five top-10 finishes in nine starts on PGA Tour.
The top of the field is loaded for this week's HP Byron Nelson Championship. Among the six players in the top seven of the FedEx Cup points standings playing this week: Jordan Spieth, the Texas product who contended at the Masters, and Jimmy Walker, the Baylor product who has won three times during this PGA Tour wraparound season. Passing all those notables for the lead is Peter Hanson, looking for his first PGA Tour victory at age 36. He leads David Duval, Marc Leishman and Tim Wilkinson by a shot.
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