Ryan Palmer, the 2011 runner-up, takes a one-shot lead into today’s second round at golf’s Byron Nelson Championship.
Palmer, who lives about a 30-minute drive from the TPC Four Seasons in Irving, Texas, shot a 6-under-par 64 yesterday. Former U.S. PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Marc Leishman from Australia and Germany’s Alex Cejka are second at 5-under.
“To get back in the same setting with the same people watching, here where I live, and just to have that feeling again, this time be the guy standing with the trophy, that’s been my focus,” Palmer told reporters.
Palmer, who was born in Amarillo, Texas, and lives in Colleyville, lost in a playoff at the Byron Nelson last year to Keegan Bradley, who three months later won the U.S. PGA Championship in his rookie season. Bradley is in a group of 13 players at 3-under, a shot behind a posse of seven Americans including Matt Kuchar, who won the Players championship five days ago.
Kuchar, at No. 5, and Phil Mickelson, at No. 10, are the only players in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking in the tournament. Mickelson, the 1996 champion who is playing the event for the first time in five years, is even par.
Palmer, 35, is seeking his fourth victory on the PGA Tour and first since the 2010 Sony Open.
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