Spieth out at Nelson; Kokrak has career-best 62, leads by 5

Doug Mendoza
May 20, 2017

"I made a lot of good shots and rolled the putter pretty nicely".

Kokrak, ranked 128th in the world, shot a bogey-free 8-under 62 for his career-best scoring round and matched the Nelson's 36-hole record at 12-under 128.

World No.1 Dustin Johnson is within striking distance after shooting a second consecutive three-under-par 67 to be six-under at the halfway mark of the tournament.

Jason Day had a promising round going until the par-five 16th hole when he lost his ball off the tee and took a double-bogey to finish at three-under, nine shots off the pace after carding a one-under 69. "Just need to keep practicing to get back".

Two-time major champion Spieth is a shot further back, alongside former world number one Day, who holed an eagle, four birdies and as many bogeys in a mixed round. "It was nice to get it up and down". He led the 2016 Northern Trust Open and ended up with a career-best tie for second.

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World number one Dustin Johnson, Masters victor and defending champion Sergio Garcia, Jordan Spieth and Jason Day are all competing in Texas this week but it was Hahn and Barnes who found themselves atop the leaderboard early.

This is Johnson's third PGA Tour event since a freak fall forced him to miss the Masters with a bruised back after winning three consecutive tournaments before that.

"The game is still not quite as sharp as it was leading into Augusta, but it's getting there", Johnson said. He added another on the par-5 seventh hole, then stuck his 168-yard approach shot to three feet on the par-4 ninth hole and tapped it in for a four-under 31 on the front.

"It's nothing insane new", said Spieth, whose best Nelson finish remains his tie for 16th as a 16-year-old amateur in 2010.

May 19 Anirban Lahiri may well have shot himself out of the tournament with a nightmarish run over the last five holes of the opening round at the AT&T Byron Nelson Golf Championships here. They were one stroke better than a group that included Grayson Murray, who had never seen the TPC Four Seasons course before this week but hit 16 of 18 greens in a 65 on Friday.

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