Sung Kang defied the cold conditions in Texas to card a second-round 61 and claim the halfway lead at the AT&T Byron Nelson. The South Korean opened with a 65 on Thursday but on a cool day at Trinity Forest, carded 10 birdies and no bogeys to move to 16-under and tie the course record set by Marc Leishman 12 months ago.
Kang’s total of 126 for 36 holes is four better than the duo of Matt Every and Tyler Duncan, while Brooks Koepka is lurking at five shots off the pace ahead of moving day. However, overnight leader Denny McCarthy only managed a 77, only just sneaking inside the cut line by a single shot.
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It is Kang who they will all be chasing on Saturday and while a 59 briefly crossed his mind, the 31-year-old believes not going after a score was the key to his success. “Conditions were so hard,” he said. “You try to force it and the course is playing so tough out there. So, just try to get the opportunity, probably try to hit it within 15 feet and if I make the putt, good. If I don’t, make par and get me going. “I still think it was a great round.”