Published: Mon, May 13, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Sung Kang takes lead with 61

Sung Kang takes lead with 61

"It was flying about 5% shorter", said Kang, from South Korea. "So we just trusted the number. just hit it, and then worked out good".

Sung Kang reacts after sinking a putt on the 18th green during the second round of the Byron Nelson golf tournament at Trinity Forest on Friday, May 10, 2019, in Dallas. He led by four strokes over playing partner Matt Every, who had his second consecutive round of 65, and Tyler Duncan (66).

Koepka, who will defend his PGA Championship crown at Bethpage Black, has not played an event since a second place finish behind Tiger Woods at last month's Masters in Augusta.

Koepka also started on the back nine and was 6 under through 14 holes before finishing bogey-birdie-birdie-bogey. "I've kind of been looking for a round like this just to kind of get me going". "I would like to have been in the lead. But I mean, hey 61 today was pretty darn impressive".

Koepka was a stroke ahead of Rory Sabbatini, who had a bogey-free 65.

On the 570-yard par-5 seventh hole, Bae reached the green in 3 and sunk a 9-foot putt for birdie. "I know I can be out here playing with the best, and today kind of showed that".


"Very pleased", a beanie-wearing Spieth said after his 67 left him nine shots behind Kang.

His best PGA Tour finish in his first 42 tournaments was fourth past year in the Dominican Republic at an event opposite the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

Stricker, a 12-time victor on the PGA Tour, leads David Toms by two strokes at 12 under on Greystone's Founders Course.

He will need an extremely low round Friday to have a chance of making the cut but at the very least will give himself 18 more holes of competitive experience. He and Stricker both started on No. 10 and Toms was even par at the turn after a bogey and birdie. The good thing was that there wasn't as much wind as yesterday. Back on track, you figure he would cool off, shoot somewhere around par on the back, and end the day a couple of shots under par.

Then Kang learned later in the day he had been elevated from his status of first alternate into the PGA field because Davis Love III withdrew, and now he can concentrate on earning his first PGA Tour victory.

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