Saturday, May 19, 2018

Aussie Leishman maintains lead at AT and T Byron 
Nelson tournament; Martin Laird misses cut

Through two days of golf at the AT and T Byron Nelson tournament, Mother Nature has been extremely benevolent to almost the entire field, offering up windless scoring conditions that allowed Marc Leishman to shoot a career-low 61 on Thursday and Brian Gay to come within a shot of matching the Aussie during the second round.
 "I know the golf course would like some wind," said Jimmy Walker, who sits four shots back of Leishman at 11 under. "I think the fairways are nice and fast and the greens are at a good speed and firmness. I hope they don't change that too much."
Walker and the rest of the field could be in for a different test on Saturday  if the forecast holds, with wind gusts expected to touch 25 miles per hour during the round. 
It's just enough wind to make players at the top cautious and those within striking distance believe they have a chance to make up ground on the field — like Jordan Spieth who shot 66 to get within eight of Leishman. 
Given this year is Trinity Forest's first as tournament host, many players aren't sure what the course will look like with a stiff breeze. However, those who played in the afternoon received a potential preview with sustained winds between 10 to 15 miles per hour. 
"You weren't going to be able to ball strike this course to death today with how windy it was," said Aaron Wise, who played in the afternoon wave and bested his opening-round 65 with a 63 on Friday.

Inverness-born Russell Knox made the cut on the limit mark of four-under-par 138 with a pair of 69s.
Among those to missed out were Padraig Harrigton (69-70 for 139, Graeme McDowell 67 72 for 139; Sergio Garcia 72-69 for 141 and Scot Martin Laird 71-76 for 147.





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