Paul Casey shares early Byron Nelson Championship lead

Paul Casey

Britain's Paul Casey fired a nine under par 27 on the back nine to leap into contention at the Byron Nelson Championship.

The 36-year-old fired a second-round 63, seven under par, to stand on six under 134 after 36 holes at the TPC Four Seasons Resort in Texas.

Casey became the eighth player in US PGAexternal-link history to card 27 for nine holes.

"I had no concept of what I was doing," said Casey, as he shared an early lead with 36 holes to play.

"The seal was broken when I got to 10," Casey added. "It just spiralled from there."

Casey was one off a tour-record 26, set by American Corey Pavin on the front nine in the first round at Milwaukee in 2006.

The Englishman was in danger of missing the cut after a mediocre front nine, but picked up eight strokes on the inward half.

He sank a 6ft birdie putt at the 10th and followed with a 24-foot birdie putt at 11. After finding a bunker at 12, Casey saved par from 13ft and followed with a birdie from 13ft at the par-three 13th.

Casey added birdie putts from 9ft at 14 and 4ft at 15 before making an eagle at the par-five 16th, dropping his second shot 32ft from the cup and then sliding in the putt. He followed with a par three at the 17th and closed with a birdie, sinking a 5ft putt at 18.

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