(Reuters) – Australian Marc Leishman, buoyed by means of a couple of eagles, fired a career-low 61 for a three-shot lead after the primary spherical of the AT&T Byron Nelson in Dallas on Thursday whilst home-town favourite Jordan Spieth did not make a transfer.
International quantity 16 Leishman, one among simplest 4 top-20 gamers competing this week on the links-style Trinity Wooded area Golfing Membership, carded a bogey-free 10-under-par 61 to sit down 3 pictures transparent of American citizens J.J. Spaun and Jimmy Walker.
Leishman may now not have requested for a greater begin to his spherical as his means from 237 yards on the par-five first gap stopped 3 toes from the cup, permitting him a tap-in eagle that set the level for a memorable day.
The 3-times PGA Excursion winner, whose earlier career-low was once 62, then made birdies on the 6th and 7th holes sooner than a sizzling travel across the again 9 that incorporated 4 birdies and an eagle on the par-five 14th.
Spaun, who began at the 10th, made six birdies over a surprising seven-hole stretch of his again 9 to sit down with Walker one transparent of a pack of 8 that incorporated Mexico’s Abraham Ancer and American citizens Sam Saunders and Jonathan Byrd.
International quantity 3 Spieth (69), the highest-ranked participant within the box, did smartly to erase a bogey on the par-four 5th with birdies at seven and 8 however simplest had yet another birdie the remainder of the best way and was once in a proportion of 57th position.
The Dallas local, in the hunt for his first win of the 12 months, would really like to get it his native land this week, the development having moved after being held in close by Irving from 1986 till remaining 12 months.
Former U.S. Masters champion Adam Scott, in the hunt for his first PGA Excursion win since 2016, combined six birdies with two bogeys to succeed in four-under and a proportion of 23rd.
Jap global quantity 9 Hideki Matsuyama and Spanish global quantity 14 Sergio Garcia carded matching one-over 72s to sit down in a far off proportion of 120th position.
Protecting champion Billy Horschel, who began at the again 9, had an eagle on the par-five 14th en path to a three-under 68 that left him seven pictures again.
Reporting by means of Frank Pingue in Toronto; Enhancing by means of Ian Ransom