Blasts into five-shot lead at By­ron Nel­son

New Straits Times - - Sport -

JASON Kokrak rock­eted up the leader­board, fir­ing a bo­gey-free 62 in the sec­ond round of the By­ron Nel­son as World No 1 Dustin John­son shot a sec­ond straight 67 to re­main in strik­ing dis­tance.

Kokrak, who is seek­ing his first win on the USPGA Tour, fired a ca­reer-low eight-un­der-par round to forge his way into fiveshot lead at 12-un­der 128 at the TPC Las Coli­nas course out­side of Dal­las.

“If a shot fits my eye or I see it, I like to pull the trig­ger,” Kokrak said on Fri­day.

Former FedEx Cup and Tour Cham­pi­onship win­ner Billy Horschel shot a 65 and was alone in sec­ond at 133.

Half a dozen play­ers — John­son, Cameron Tringale (68), An Byeong-Hun of South Korea (66), Bud Cauley (67), Jhonat­tan Ve­gas of Venezuela (68) and firstround co-leader James Hahn (70) — were six shots back at 134.

Kokrak’s round in­cluded eight birdies, a 12-foot par putt on the 10th hole and a seven-foot par putt on the 18th.

“Any­time you can have a bo­geyfree round on any golf course on the PGA Tour is awe­some,” Kokrak said.

“I made a lot of birdies out there and it was nice. I’m nor­mally a pretty ag­gres­sive player and that’s how I played to­day.”

John­son said he had to bat­tle strong winds for the sec­ond straight round.

“This morn­ing, the first nine holes we played the wind was howl­ing, re­ally blow­ing hard like it was yes­ter­day the whole day,” John­son said. “But it kind of laid back with six holes to go.

“The game is still not quite as sharp as it was lead­ing into Au­gusta, but it’s get­ting there — it’s get­ting close.”

De­fend­ing cham­pion and reign­ing Mas­ters cham­pion Ser­gio Gar­cia shot a 65 and moved back into con­tention at 138, while World No 6 Jor­dan Spi­eth shot a 75 and missed the cut.


Jason Kokrak plays his shot from the 18th tee dur­ing the sec­ond round of the By­ron Nel­son at the TPC Las Coli­nas course on Fri­day.

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