United States’ Cameron Beckman shot a course-record equalling round of 61 in the second round of the Byron Nelson Classic to take a share of a one-shot lead into the weekend’s play.
But despite that course-record equalling score, it was High school student Jordan Speith who hogged the headlines after becoming the sixth-youngest player to make the cut at a US PGA Tour event. 16-year old Speith, who had to skip classes to play in the event finished with a 3-under par halfway total to comfortably reach the weekend’s play. Spieth became the second 16-year-old to make a PGA Tour cut this season, joining Italy’s Matteo Manassero who made the cut at the US Masters in April.
Beckman’s round, which lifted him to 10-under par for the tournament and into a share of the lead with fellow American Blake Adams who recorded a second round 64.
Australian Jason Day, who almost withdrew from the tournament after falling ill just prior to the event, occupies third place on his own on 9-under par following a second round 65.
Another Australian, Steve Elkington, who has been playing in the Byron Nelson Classic since before Jordan Speight was born lies in a share of fourth alongside another American player, Jeff Overton. The pair are tied together on 8-under par after shooting rounds of 66 and 65 respectively.
Ben Crane leads the tipster’s challenge, after a round of 64 saw him tie for sixth place on 6-under while Dustin Johnson is a further shot behind and into a tie for 12th-place. However, John Rollins missed a second successive cut and will sit out the weekend despite shooting a 68.
Vijay Singh, who only recently dropped out of the world’s top-50 players after more than a decade, also missed the cut and will now have to go through qualifying if he is to contest the US Open at Pebble Beach.