Matt Kuchar's Streak of 30 Consecutive Cuts Made Ends at Byron Nelson

  • Matt Kuchar's Streak of 30 Consecutive Cuts Made Ends at Byron Nelson

Matt Kuchar's Streak of 30 Consecutive Cuts Made Ends at Byron Nelson

Marc Leishman maintained his strong start at the AT&T Byron Nelson to take a one-shot lead in to the weekend in Dallas.

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

Defending champion Billy Horschel, who started on the back nine, had an eagle at the par-five 14th en route to a three-under 68 that left him seven shots back.

The 34-year-old Victorian, a three-time victor on the PGA Tour, started with an eagle on the par-5 first hole and never looked back, claiming another eagle at the 14th to go with six birdies.

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.

Wind gusted above 25 mph at times after two rounds of calmer conditions and lower scores on the treeless, links-style layout a few miles south of downtown Dallas.

"Looking back the a year ago and a half I've had maybe four, five opportunities where I've actually been in a tournament after the first round which is really frustrating", Spieth said.

Aaron Wise wasn't rattled, not even by a bogey that dropped him into a tie for the lead on the final hole Saturday.

"There's a little more pressure on it because there's more people and it's a bigger scene, but I felt like I did a great job of handling all that at Quail Hollow", Wise said.

Leishman broke the 36-hole record of 12-under 128 achieved on six prior occasions at the tournament's former home of TPC Four Seasons, including twice by Tiger Woods and most recently by Jason Kokrak previous year. "Hopefully I can keep that up over the last two days". "Wish I got more out of it, honestly".

Maybe part of the reason Kuch didn't play well is that he just doesn't like the golf course.

The Australian hit 17 of 18 greens in regulation and made every putt he faced from inside 10 feet, but said he never thought about the possibility of firing a 59.

Maybe Spieth isn't the only one who feels at home.

"It was about as easy tee to green as I've ever seen this place", Spieth said. "I like how the ball is running out in the fairways". "I'm excited there's wind".