Sung Kang fires 61 to take Byron Nelson lead, Brooks Koepka in the hunt

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Sung Kang fires 61 to take Byron Nelson lead, Brooks Koepka in the hunt

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Sung Kang fires 61 to take Byron Nelson lead, Brooks Koepka in the hunt

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Sung Kang flirted with a 59 watch throughout Round 2 of the AT&T Bryon Nelson at Trinity Forest.

He finished things with a 10-under 61, good enough for a 4-shot lead entering the weekend in Dallas. Kang’s round included six consecutive birdies at holes No. 5-10, 10 birdies overall and no bogeys.

The 31-year-old from South Korea is looking for his first PGA Tour win and boasts just one career runner-up finish, at the 2017 Shell Houston Open. So far this season he has two top 10s, including a T-6 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, in 17 starts.

Matt Every is T-2 and four shots back at 12 under, and even he didn’t realize how low Kang was taking it while playing in the same group.

” I didn’t even know Sung was playing that good until 10, 11 there, looked on the board, said he made six in a row,” Every said. “Really, he’s made six in a row? I was kind of doing my own thing. Yeah, it was a good day for both of us.”

Tyler Duncan is tied with Every at 12 under while Brooks Koepka charged into contention on the back nine.

The three-time major winner made four consecutive birdies at holes No. 14-17 and carded a 5-under 66 for the day, moving him to 11 under overall and five shots back in solo fourth.

“Lot of it was the putter,” Koepka said. “I’m putting pretty good. I’m seeing the lines quite well right now. The touch is pretty good. But the (birdie) putt on 11 was kind of what opened it up for me. I felt like I was hitting it okay on the front, really getting up and out of it, and the back is definitely tougher. When you see 16 is the lead, you’ve got to do something when you’re 7-under-par.”

Jordan Spieth also continued to show promising signs amid his lengthy slump. The Dallas native shot 4-under 67 Friday and now sits T-10 at 7 under entering the weekend.

“Very pleased,” Spieth said. “I felt like I improved on (Thursday), which was already a solid day. I feel good on the greens. You know, one or two tee balls today maybe cost me a shot or two but, all in all, we just had some very difficult conditions. What Sung (Kang) is doing right now is absurd given what we faced.”

Spieth will be going for the Career Grand Slam next week in the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black.

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