American Byrd leads PGA Shriners Open

Las Vegas: American Jonathan Byrd shot an eight-under 63 to take the second-round lead at 13 under in the USPGA Shriners Hospital Open.

Byrd had nine birdies and a bogey in perfect scoring conditions on the rain-softened Summerlin course. This event marks the fourth of the PGA Tour’s five fall series events and Byrd is looking for his fourth PGA Tour win.

Byrd completed 36 holes at 13-under-par 129. He is searching for his first PGA Tour victory since the 2007 John Deere Classic.

Japan’s Ryuji Imada was a stroke back after a 62. He had an eagle, eight birdies and a bogey.

Defending champion Martin Laird (62), Alex Prugh (64), John Senden (67), George McNeill (66) and Nicholas Thompson (66) were two strokes back at 11 under.

Ryder Cup player Rickie Fowler (64) topped a group at 10 under, and American teammate Hunter Mahan was seven under after a 68.

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