Leishman sets record at Nelson
DALLAS — Wind or no, Marc Leishman likes his chances at the AT&T Byron Nelson after breaking the 36-hole record previously shared by Tiger Woods.
Hometown star Jordan Spieth really wants it to blow.
Leishman followed the best round of his PGA Tour career with a 5-under 66 at the new Trinity Forest course Friday, reaching the halfway point at 15-under 127 for a one-shot lead over 21-year-old rookie Aaron Wise — and keeping Spieth eight back on the links-style layout where the Dallas native is a member.
Maybe Spieth isn’t the only one who feels at home.
“This course has got a real Australian feel to it,” said Leishman, the 34-year-old Aussie who opened with a 10-under 61 . “Reminds me a lot of home. So that might have something to do with it.”
Winds were stronger on the treeless tract, but not until late in the morning rounds of Leishman and most of the others on the second-round leaderboard.
The wind didn’t bother Wise, who shot a bogey-free 63 in the afternoon. He will be in the final group for the third round two weeks after tying for second while playing with Wells Fargo winner Jason Day on Sunday.
“It makes this course play way different just because of how firm and fast it is,” Wise said. “You’re really out there with the wind. I just felt like we did a great job of managing it, leaving our ball in good spots.”
Brian Gay, another playing in calmer morning conditions, matched his tour low at 62 to reach 13 under. Kevin Na (65), Eric Axley (65) and Jimmy Walker are 11 under.
“I was telling my caddie it’s never this calm in Dallas three days in a row,” said Gay, who has played every Nelson except one since 2000. “Looks like it might start picking up now.”
That’s what Spieth figures he needs since he’s more familiar with wind and firmer greens on a course named for the 6,000 acres of thick trees surrounding the undulating layout a few miles south of downtown Dallas. The Nelson spent the past 35 years in suburban Irving.
Spieth, at 7-under 135 after matching Leishman’s 66, would feel a little better about making a run if the three-time major champion hadn’t missed two putts inside 3 feet for two of his three bogeys.
The first was from 15 inches early in the round when Spieth was lurking around the cut line. The second came on his final hole , the ninth, while ending a run of four straight birdies.
Chun leads LPGA
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — In Gee Chun shot a 5-under 66 on Friday to take the lead in the suspended second round of the LPGA Tour’s Kingsmill Championship.
Three-quarters of an inch of rain fell overnight on Kingsmill Resort’s River Course, delaying the start of play an hour. Storms developed again in the afternoon and play was suspended for more than hour, then finally called for day at 7:25 p.m.
Chun played in the morning. The South Korean star had six birdies and a bogey to get to 11-under 131.