Axley & Points lead at 9 under
Eric Axley shot a bogey-free 7-under 63 on Friday for a share of the second-round lead with D.A. Points in the Texas Open.
Points had a 66 to match Axley at 9-under 131 on the LaCantera Golf Club's Resort Course. Paul Goydos was another stroke back after a 63.
Axley, a 32-year-old left-hander who lives in Knoxville, Tenn., missed one green in regulation on each side and was perfect finding fairways off the tee on the front side before missing two on the back. The 63 was the best round of his PGA Tour career.
"Today was pretty stress free," said Axley, winless on the PGA Tour. "Seemed like all the birdie putts I did make were between 8 and 12 feet without much break."
He had four birdies on Nos. 7-11 and one more the rest of the way in.
Points, also seeking his first PGA Tour victory, began play a stroke behind first-round leader Alex Cejka and Justin Rose, but dropped three shots with a double bogey and bogey on his first three holes before rallying with six birdies in the next 10.
"Could not have started out any worse, I don't believe," Points said. "But then I figured out something with my swing."
The 29-year-old Orlando resident, 165th on the money list this season, noticed his weight was shifting too much to his left side when he dumped a 9-iron shot 40 feet from the pin on the easy par-3 13th, his fourth hole of the day. He said he almost fell over during his follow through.
He managed a par, then birdied six of his next 10 holes to tie Axley for the lead.
Seven of the 10 holes were one-putt greens, and Points ended the day with 24 putts. He made a 14-footer on his final hole of the day to stay even with Axley.
"Today I had to dig down a little deeper," Points said.
Former European Ryder Cup captain Bernhard Langer (65) was two strokes back at 7 under along with Charley Hoffman (67), Frank Lickliter II (66), Dean Wilson (67) and David McKenzie (68).
Cejka and Rose struggled Friday. Rose shot a 71 to fall four strokes back, and Cejka was six shots behind after a 73.
The 42-year-old Goydos is in the final year of a medical exemption. He played in only two tournaments in 2004 when he underwent sinus surgery to correct a deviated septum. He thinks he was injured when he bumped heads with his daughter in a wave pool.