Kevin Na produced an outstanding Conclusion to claim a share of the lead as Brooks Koepka crashed out of the Shriners Hospitals.
Na holed over 125 feet of putts over the past six holes, just two of these falling for eagle before a birdie-birdie finish capped a superb 62 on another day of non scoring at TPC Summerlin, whereas 2017 winner Patrick Cantlay fired a 64 to combine the four-way tie on top.
Brian Stuard (65) and 2009 US Open winner Lucas Glover (63) also venture into the weekend 12 under par, however Koepkas very first start since losing out to Rory McIlroy in the Tour Championship in August resulted in a missed cut by four shots.
Na cruised into the turn at 31 before dropping his only shot at the day in the 10th, but he enjoyed the incredible run of form on the greens down the stretch, holing putts from 45 feet at the 13th and 35 feet in the 15th – equally for eagle.
The 36-year-old got chances to fall from outside 20 feet on each of the two greens to complete the day in which 42 sets vaulted up the leaderboards score.
Yeah, my putter was sexy, said Na with a wry grin afterwards. I started with a 60-footer on the first pit, and I just kept making alterations now. I hit a lot of good shots but the putter was still working.
It certainly one of those days when you stand it over and you feel everything. My stroke felt great and I felt confident. I was into focusing on placing a good stroke than trying to make it if you understand exactly what I mean.
Cantlay surged into contention with an impressive back-nine – his first nine – with four birdies and an eagle-two in the driveable par-four 15th adding up to a inward 30, though his scoring was more sedate on front half as he combined two further birdies with a lone blemish.
The quartet possess a one-stroke lead over Australian Matt Jones, who returned the 63, while the Martin Laird of Scotland capped a 65 and hurried to within a few of those lead.
Former Masters champion Adam Scott is in the team on nine under, with Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau and US Open holder Gary Woodland one further.
But no 1 Koepka are going to have the weekend after he was not able to coincide with the reduced scoring of his competitions, downing three birdies with a bogey and a double-bogey in the par-four 11th, at which it shot him four shots just to obtain the putting surface.
As the major champion brother Chase added a 69 to his opening 66 to end off the lead on seven under 45, there will be attention for your Koepka family within the next half of this function.
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