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“Noth­ing I can do about it ex­cept get mad and com­plain, which I did,” he said. “Other than that, it was good.”

At the par-3 17th, Ev­ery’s tee shot landed on the green in a good po­si­tion, but rolled off and down the hill into some rough. He saved par af­ter hit­ting to 8 feet.

While Ev­ery didn’t get as much as he would have wanted out of those two tee shots that he called his best shots of the day, he still had an im­pres­sive round “draft­ing off of Sung all day, re­ally.”

Af­ter his near miss at No. 15, Kang’s tee shot at the 382-yard 16th went into a bunker, but he blasted to 11 feet and made birdie. He just missed a 24-foot birdie chance at the par-3 17th, and fin­ished with a 14-foot par to match the 61 Marc Leish­man had last year in the first Nel­son round played at Trin­ity For­est af­ter the tour­na­ment moved from Four Sea­sons.

Spi­eth again got off to a solid start be­fore mak­ing his turn off a dou­ble bo­gey – at No. 9 dur­ing his open­ing 68 and at the 494-yard 18th on Fri­day, when he had an ap­proach shot roll back down a swale to­ward him. He then birdied No. 1, and had three more birdies the last five holes.

“It was nice to bounce back,” said Spi­eth, with­out a top-20 fin­ish this sea­son and with­out a win since the 2017 Bri­tish Open. “That’s nice as you go into a week­end. Good mo­men­tum.”

Romo, the only am­a­teur in the Nel­son, played on a spon­sor ex­emp­tion. He plans to com­pete in a U.S. Open lo­cal qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment next week.

ASH­LEY LAN­DIS AP

Jor­dan Spi­eth waves to fans af­ter he sank a putt on the eighth green dur­ing the sec­ond round of the By­ron Nel­son Trin­ity For­est on Fri­day dur­ing his home­town tour­na­ment in Dal­las.

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