Sam Burns tied the 36-hole scoring characterize of 12-beneath-par 130 at Riviera Country Club in constructing a five-shot lead halfway through the Genesis Invitational in California.
Burns followed his opening 7-beneath 64 with a 66 on Friday because the 24-year-gentle seeks his first profession PGA Tour victory at one of many Tour’s most iconic venues.
He’ll originate the third spherical five strokes in front of world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, Jason Kokrak, Tyler McCumber and Chile’s Joaquin Niemann. But every other shot off the tempo are Wyndham Clark, Max Homa and Jordan Spieth.
It is a lofty space for the 149th-ranked Burns. The Genesis Invitational features eight of the head 10 gamers on this planet rankings, and as an occasion with elevated status, the winner receives a three-year Tour exemption alongside with 550 FedEx Cup points.
Riviera has played host to this occasion 57 times and was the positioning of two main championships. Burns’ 130 footage through 36 holes matches a feat performed handiest twice sooner than.
“I might address to concentrate on that I in fact agree with the overall instruments to spend out right here,” stated Burns, who was in weekend competition earlier this season at the Safeway Starting up and the Farmers Insurance Starting up sooner than fading. “Clearly there is numerous honest gamers, in fact, in fact honest gamers.
“I try to not fetch caught up in that and appropriate attempting to improve per week and appropriate attempting to kind because the season goes on.”
Whereas loads of of the marquee gamers in the realm have not fared successfully this week, the freshest participant on this planet kept Burns within his sights with a late surge.
Johnson moved up 10 spots with his 4-beneath 67, which was handiest one shot off the low spherical of the day do apart of residing by Burns and three others.
He was one over through five holes of his second spherical sooner than discovering his groove, rolling in five birdies over his ultimate 13 holes.
The 2017 occasion winner has 9 top-10 finishes at Riviera, one of his favourite stops on Tour.
“I address my space,” he stated. “I’m five back, however on this golf route there is handiest one man in front of me.
“I address where I’m at and I accomplish address this golf route.”
The Australian contingent, on the alternative hand, struggled on Friday with handiest Cameron Smith and Cameron Davis breaking par.
Smith fired a three-beneath 68 to be seven off the tempo in joint-ninth space, while Davis’ 69 moved him to 2 beneath for the occasion.
Matt Jones, after his promising 67 the day sooner than, shot 72 to be three beneath for the occasion.
Defending champion Adam Scott and Marc Leishman both posted two over 73s, to appropriate build the slice at even par.