It has been an excellent two days of play for Keegan Bradley at the Byron Nelson Championship in Irving, Texas. After a course record 60 on Thursday, Bradley was one under par on Friday to maintain his three-stroke lead.
He didn't threaten the pace he set on Thursday, but the 69 on Friday will do just fine.
Here is a look at the leaderboard at the close of the day.
|Position||Player||Round 2 Score||Overall|
|T7||Todd Potter Jr.||70||-6|
If Bradley could subtract the first and 18th holes from the first two rounds, he'd be 13 shots under par and even more comfortably ahead of Tom Gillis and Sang-Moon Bae.
The day began and ended exactly as it did for Bradley on Thursday. He was tripped up by bogeys on the first and 18th holes on both days, but he again did his work on the holes in between.
This nine-foot birdie on the 10th hole was one of four he sank on Friday.
Bradley discusses his second-round performance and his outlook for the rest of the tournament.
Tom Gillis and John Huh's Stellar Days
Gillis and Huh's 63 and 64, respectively, vaulted them both into contention for the lead. After struggling on the back nine on Thursday, Gillis slayed it on Friday.
The 44-year-old made five birdies in that stretch and was nearly as good through the front nine. Take a look at this birdie on seven:
Huh's 64 could have easily been better. The 22-year-old bogeyed the 15th and 18th hole to keep him further off the pace. Being in contention heading into the weekend is rare air for him.
He managed an 11th place finish at the Masters, which is his best performance of the year. If he can fight the nerves over the weekend, he will have a chance to win this tournament.
Mike Weir's Resurgence
The 2003 Masters champion hasn't played his best over the last few years.
Through two days in Irving, he isn't exactly nipping at Bradley's heels, but he has at least put together consecutive sub-70 rounds.
Mike McAllister @PGATOUR_mikemc
Mike Weir's 2nd straight 68 @hpbnc is 1st time in nearly 3 years he shot consecutive rounds in 60s @PGATOUR event2013-5-17 19:06:29
While he may not be a major threat for the remainder of the year, it is good to see him string two solid rounds together.
Guan Tianlang's Streak Comes to an End
After making the cut in two-straight PGA events, Guan missed the cut on Friday.
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After making his first two #PGATOUR cuts, 14-year-old Guan Tianlang's streak will come to an end: http://t.co/kFX2gf8Jk2 #HPBNC2013-5-17 19:27:50
He bogeyed six of his last seven holes on the back nine to put him firmly behind the cut line.
Despite his failures on Friday, the future looks especially bright for the 14-year-old moving forward.
Matt Kuchar Struggles to Make Cut, But Still Makes Highlight Reel Shot
Even though he sits 10 strokes behind Bradley overall, Kuchar had one of the best shots of the day. The day was a struggle for him, but this shot was worth a tweet from the PGA Tour's official Twitter account.
Take a look at his eagle on the seventh hole.
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Round 2 Highlights: Matt Kuchar rolls in an eagle at No. 7 - http://t.co/QCWGkXoGxZ #HPBNC2013-5-17 20:10:28
Ben Curtis and Lee Janzen Went Tumbling Down
Both men put together solid scores of 68 on Thursday, but matching 76s on Friday sent them spiraling 100 spots down the leaderboard and on the wrong side of the cut line.
It is always fun to watch players past their prime contend, but these two stories didn't last long. This was the sixth cut Curtis has missed this season.
The poor day led to the fifth cut Janzen has missed in seven tries in 2013. He hasn't finished higher than 61st all year long.
Looking Ahead to the Weekend
Bradley has had four top-10 finishes this season already, but his play had hit a snag before Thursday's course record. He missed the cut in his last two tournaments; prior to that, a simply dreadful third round at the Masters led him to a 54th-place finish.
Anyone looking for him to completely collapse in a similar manner is probably in for a surprise. He's playing well enough to remain in contention after his otherworldly performance on Thursday.
That said, he missed his opportunity to run away from the field in the second round. This will be an exciting finish with 12 players still within five shots of the lead.
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