Ryan Palmer joins Byron Nelson’s tie at three atop the standings midway through the stage | golf news

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American Palmer is tied with England’s David Skinns, who scored a career-low 63 on Friday, and first-round leader Sebastian Munoz of Colombia, who made PGA Tour history with a 60 in the first round; watch AT&T Byron Nelson this week, live on Sky Sports Golf

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Check out the best action of Day 2 from AT&T Byron Nelson on Friday.

Check out the best action of Day 2 from AT&T Byron Nelson on Friday.

Ryan Palmer shot the lowest score of the second round, shooting a 62 on Friday to join a three-way tie atop the 36-hole leaderboard at the AT&T Byron Nelson in Texas.

The 45-year-old American, who last won a PGA singles event in 2010 at the Hawaii Sony Open, was flawless in his 10-birdie, no-bogey performance that shot him to 15-under at TPC Craig Ranch.

In a field where 19 players are 10 under or over in two rounds, Palmer is tied with England’s David Skinns, who scored a career-low 63 on Friday, and first-round leader Sebastian Munoz of Colombia, who scored 69. day after making PGA Tour history with 60 points in his first round.

Ryan Palmer waves to the crowd after his second round 62 at the AT&T Byron Nelson

Tour rookie Justin Lower sits fourth, his best finish after any round of his career, one stroke behind after 66 in the second round. He is followed by South African Charl Schwartzel (65) with 13 under par.

Three players are tied for sixth place, just three strokes behind the leader, Justin Spieth (65), Chile’s Joaquin Niemann (65) and defending champion KH Lee (68) of South Korea.

Palmer, who hails from Amarillo, Texas, started playing the back nine and lit up with a streak of six birdies in seven holes, starting on the par-5 12th hole.

He finished with a flourish with another four birdies on the front, holes 3, 5 and 6, as well as his last of the day on 9. The round was one of the best of his career (61 in the second round of the 2015 Humana). . challenges).

“Today it was a matter of knowing you had to shoot low, put up a good number just to stay within striking distance,” Palmer said. “You never know when you’re going to catch lightning like that, and to make 10 birdies today is an amazing feeling, especially in front of some fans and some friends and family.

“So I love where we are, I love what [caddie] Randy Smith and I are doing some of the best I’ve ever been doing as well.”

Tour rookie Skinns, 40, also scored 10 birdies and his only fault, a bogey on the par 4 6th hole, prevented him from maintaining the absolute leadership of the tournament.

“I drove it well yesterday and I felt like I could do the same thing today and I did and I put together a hot streak in the middle where I think I did five in a row, which is one of them where you just… you’re feeling it,” Skinns said, crediting a driver change on Wednesday for his scorching game thus far.

Despite falling back to the top of the pack on Friday, Munoz salvaged his round with four birdies up front after a 1-over-9 back to start his round. The 29-year-old is looking for the second win of his PGA career.

Spieth, meanwhile, is looking to win his second straight tournament in as many starts after winning April’s RBC Heritage on a tie-break. The 13-time PGA winner delivered eight birdies and one bogey on Friday.

Scottie Scheffler, first in the most recent world rankings, is among a pack of eight players at 9-under after 68 on Friday. He was hurt by a triple bogey 7 at number 13.

The 5-under cut-off line equates to the lowest of the PGA season, with 13 players going home on Friday despite scores of 4-under.

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