Following an opening-round 2-under 68, Brendon Todd carded a 6-under 64 for a two-stroke lead over eight players at the midway point of the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
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This marks the first time Todd has held the lead after any round on the PGA TOUR.
Paul Casey (T2) made the turn Thursday at 1-over 36 (which included an eagle-3 on the par-5 seventh hole), but rallied with an 8-under 27 (which included an eagle-3 on the par-5 16th hole) on the back nine for a 7-under 63.
Casey’s 63 is a personal-best on the PGA TOUR. He owns six 64s, most recently during the second round of the 2014 Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Casey becomes the eighth player to record a 27 on the PGA TOUR, with Nick Watney performing the feat last (2011 Quicken Loans National, back nine, third round). The nine-hole record on TOUR is 26, set by Corey Pavin during the first round of the 2006 U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee.
Eighty-four players made the cut at 1-over 141 from a field of 155 professionals and one amateur, tying the mark for the most players to make the cut at this event (1995, 2000, 2014).
Since 1970, the record number of players to make the 36-hole cut in a non-major
championship is 91 (2013 RBC Heritage, 1981 Travelers Championship).
With more than 78 players making the 36-hole cut, another cut to the low 70 and ties will occur after the third round.
Martin Kaymer, winner of last week’s PLAYERS Championship, enters the weekend T2 after two consecutive 67s. This week marks his second start at the HP Byron Nelson Championship (T5/2013), with all six rounds in the 60s. Kaymer is just the fourth player to have a major championship (2010 PGA Championship), World Golf Championship (2011 HSBC Champions) and THE PLAYERS (2014) on his resume.
In search of his first top-10 finish since a sixth-place finish at the 2010 Humana Challenge, Mike Weir shares T2 place following rounds of 68-66. Making his 401st career start, this marks the first back-to-back rounds in the 60s since he posted all four rounds in the 60s at the 2013 John Deere Classic (finished T27). Weir’s last round in the 60s came in January at the Humana Challenge (second-round 69).
Weir is joined at T2 by fellow Canadian Graham DeLaet (66), who has continually improved at the HP Byron Nelson Championship (2010-MC, 2012-T41, 2013-T10). He is hoping to become the ninth international winner out of the last 15 years at this event.
Making his 18th start at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, Tim Herron stands T2 after rounds of 68-66. It marks just the third time he has opened the event with two rounds in the 60s, eventually finishing T9 in 1998 and T26 in 2006. Most recently, Herron missed the cut at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans with rounds of 79-76.
In 20 rounds at the TPC Four Seasons Resort, Marc Leishman (T2) owns 17 rounds at par-or-better and 13 rounds in the 60s (including 66-68 this week). A third-round 7-under 63 in 2009 represents his best round here.
Dallas resident Ryan Palmer, who lost in a playoff to Keegan Bradley at the 2011 HP Byron Nelson Championship, enters the weekend at T10 after rounds of 67-68. In what is becoming an annual tradition at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, Palmer is once again relying solely on his caddie, James Edmondson, for his club of choice on each shot.
One day after he sat T2 following an opening-round 66, David Duval missed the cut with a second-round 6-over 76. This week marked his eighth start of the season, with a T25 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans the best of his three made cuts.
Defending champion Sang-Moon Bae missed the cut after rounds of 73-74. He was attempting to become the first repeat winner of the HP Byron Nelson Championship since Tom Watson won three in a row from 1978-80.
Jordan Spieth, fresh off a T4 at THE PLAYERS Championship, enters the weekend T19 after rounds of 70-67. In all four starts at the HP Byron Nelson Championship (T16/2010, T32/2011, T68/2013, TBD/2014), he has been 3-under 137 at the midway point. Spieth owns six top-10 finishes in 15 starts on TOUR this season (2-Masters Tournament, T2-Puerto Rico Open, T4-THE PLAYERS, T7-Tampa Bay Championship, T9-RBC Heritage, 10-Valero Texas Open).
Hoping to follow in Jordan Spieth’s footsteps is sponsor exemption Scottie Scheffler, currently the No. 1 ranked junior in the Golfweek/Sagarin Boys rankings, the AJGA Polo rankings and the Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings. The three-time Texas UIL 4A individual champion, who has signed a letter of intent to play with the University of Texas, also made it to the weekend after rounds of 71-68 (T41).
Matt Kuchar, T15 after rounds of 69-67, has yet to miss a cut in seven starts at the HP Byron Nelson Championship (T39-2007, T42-2008, T39-2009, T6-2011, T15-2012, T33-2013, TBD-2013).
Jason Dufner, winner of the 2012 HP Byron Nelson Championship, is T52 after matching rounds of even-par 70. This is his sixth start at this event (T33-2013, 1-2012, T8-2011, MC-2007, MC-2004).
Making his first start in Las Colinas since 2011, Dustin Johnson posts matching 1-under 69s and is T25 in his fifth start at the HP Byron Nelson Championship (T63/2008, T4/2009, T7/2010, T20/2011).