Kevin Na matched the tournament record with a 61 last year at Colonial Country Club, and he nearly did so again Friday in the second round of the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas.
An 8-under-par 62 left Na at 8-under 132, one shot behind the Sweden’s Jonas Blixt, who carded a 64 on Friday.
First-round co-leader Tony Finau is also tied for second after a second-round 68.
Na opened his day perfectly, hitting his second shot on the par-5 first hole within 3 feet of the cup, then sinking the eagle putt. He added six birdies in a bogey-free round.
“Last year when I shot 61, I felt like I made everything,” Na said. “Kind of almost had that feeling today. With a few holes to go, I felt like I had a chance to challenge my own course record.”
Blixt’s own bogey-free round also included an eagle, when he chipped in from 132 yards at the par-4 17th hole.
“I think I’ve played pretty good this year,” Blixt said. “Obviously not had the good finishes yet, but it’s been up there a bunch of times. If you slow down a little bit … people are going to pass you. That’s pretty much what I’ve been looking for — a good weekend. …
“Feel like I’ve been trending for a while. Just need to have a good weekend.”
Blixt is alone atop a PGA Tour event after 36 holes for the first time in his career. He owns three wins on the tour, most recently capturing the Zurich Classic of New Orleans team event with Australia’s Cameron Smith in 2017.
Slovakia’s Rory Sabbatini shot a 66 on Friday to claim fourth place at 6 under.
Five players, including local favorite Jordan Spieth, share fifth place at 5 under. Spieth shot even-par 70 on Friday, leaving him level with Jim Furyk (second-round 66), Taiwan’s C.T. Pan (67), Nick Watney (68) and Jason Dufner (68).
Notables who missed the cut include Rickie Fowler (3 over through two rounds) and Spain’s Jon Rahm (6 over).
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