Leishman betters incredible Tiger record in Texas

Australia's Marc Leishman followed the best round of his PGA Tour career with a five-under 66 in the second round of the AT&T Byron Nelson on Friday, breaking the 36-hole tournament record previously shared by Tiger Woods.

Leishman goes into the third round with a one-stroke lead over fast-closing American Aaron Wise after another superb day in Texas.

Leishman rolled in six birdies, including a 55-footer at the 12th, against one bogey, to finish two rounds at 15-under 127 at Trinity Forest Golf Club after his sparkling 61 on Thursday.

Wise, who started hours after Leishman, came close to catching him with an eight-under 63.

Six birdies and an eagle put the 21-year-old at 14-under 128, a stroke ahead of American Brian Gay, whose nine-under 62 was the low round of the day.

Americans Jimmy Walker (67), Eric Axley (65) and Kevin Nau (65) shared fourth on 131, while former world number one Adam Scott of Australia (65) was in a group of five players one shot further back.

Leishman found the links-style Trinity Forest, the tournament's new home, much to his liking.

Marc Leishman is leading after the second round of the Byron Nelson golf tournament in Dallas



"I enjoy this type of golf," the world number 16 told reporters. "It reminds me of back in Australia.

"I like how the ball is running out on the fairways. I'm reading the greens well and I'm hitting the ball well."

Leishman said there was a big difference in him shooting a four-over 76 in the final round of last week's Players Championship and his play in Dallas.

"My speed has been really great," he told the Golf Channel. "Last week at The Players I hit a lot of really good putts that lipped out, and this week they're going in.

"Some weeks you read them really well, and some weeks you're not sure if a 10-footer is slightly uphill or downhill, and that affects your speed and line and everything."

Gay had as many birdies as Leishman on Thursday, 10, but a bogey at the par-four fourth spoiled his chances of equalling Leishman's round.

Six of his birdies came on the back nine.

"My putting has been really down the last month or two, and that's my strong suit, so I have just been waiting for it to turn around," Gay admitted.

Hometown favourite Jordan Spieth found improvement with a solid 66 but was still eight strokes off the pace on a low-scoring day.