Career-best 61 lifts Leishman to Byron Nelson tourney lead

Ceria Alfonso
May 21, 2018

Marc Leishman hit two eagles in a 10-under round of 61 to take a commanding three-shot lead after the first day of the AT&T Byron Nelson in Dallas.

Leishman broke the 36-hole record of 12-under 128 achieved on six prior occasions at the tournament's former home of TPC Four Seasons, including twice by Tiger Woods and most recently by Jason Kokrak past year.

"If the wind really does pick up, which I really hope it does and the course can show some teeth, you're looking at a potential winning score at under 20 under even though it took 15 for the first two", said Spieth, who missed the cut in the final Nelson at the TPC Four Seasons a year ago.

South African-born Wise, who started hours after Leishman, came close to catching the Australian with an eight-under 63. Wise matched the 128 and was 14 under.

Americans Jimmy Walker (67), Eric Axley (65) and Kevin Nau (65) shared fourth on 131, while former world number one Adam Scott of Australia (65) was in a group of five players one shot further back.

There's no Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy at this year's Byron Nelson, so most of those attentive eyes will focus on Jordan Spieth.

"I enjoy this type of golf the world No.16 told reporters".

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"I love playing really firm golf courses because it brings a lot of thinking in", Wise said. "I'm reading the greens well and I'm hitting the ball well".

Wise played in more wind than Leishman and most of the other leaders Friday when it kicked up in the afternoon, and still said Saturday's conditions were significantly different.

"My speed has been really great", Leishman said of his putting. "But I got here and looked out past the clubhouse and thought, 'This is going to be really good'".

The stats back it up-coming into this week's AT&T Byron Nelson at Trinity Forest Club in Dallas, Kuchar had the longest streak of consecutive cuts made at 30.

"It was nice when I started getting it going to see his numbers still ahead of me so I could keep chasing and chasing". I got on the course and just forgot about it yesterday.

Leishman teed off on 10 and kick-started his round with a 56-foot birdie putt at the par-three 12th. Gay closed the gap with birdies on all six par-4s for a 29 on the back nine.

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