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Two dozen within five shots of lead at HP Byron Nelson

Weekend Update — PGA Tour — HP Byron Nelson Championship — TPC Four Seasons Resort– Irving, Texas — 

Some two dozen players entered Saturday’s round at the HP Byron Nelson Championship within five shots of the lead creating a log-jam atop the leader board at the PGA Tour stop in Texas.

Brendon Todd (8-under) led by two heading into round three — his first 36-hole lead on tour. The 28-year-old, who lives in Atlanta but was born in Pittsburgh, is a seven-year professional looking for his maiden PGA Tour victory. He shot 64 Friday to take the overnight lead.

A host of international players sat two-back including THE PLAYERS champion Martin Kaymer, former Masters champ Mike Weir, Paul Casey and Graham DeLaet. Others in the Top 10 withing striking distance feature Gary Woodland (T-9 at 5-under at the moment), Matt Kuchar (4-under) and World Golf Hall of Famer Vijay Singh (T-17 at 4-under).

Todd was an 80-to-1 betting selection at www.skybet.com heading into the competition. Kuchar, at No. 5, is the highest-ranked player in the field and a 12-1 favorite. He won the RBC Heritage after a string of Top 3’s and finished T-5 at the Masters.

Local favorite Jordan Spieth is 3-over through five holes Saturday slipping to T-52 at the moment at even-par overall. First-round contender David Duval missed the cut at 66-76, while Brandt Snedeker also missed on the weekend after rounds of 69-74.

Look for a changing leader board as players rise and fall throughout Moving Day at TPC Four Seasons Resort near Dallas.

Other Golf News:

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  • Tim Herron (T-2 heading into weekend) is in the final week of a medical exemption and needs more than $200,000 in winnings in Texas to secure his PGA Tour membership card.
  • Miguel Angel Jimenez continues to deny his age at 50. MAJ is just two back at 5-under at the European Tour’s Open de Espana. Thomas Pieters leads through 54 holes. Jimenez was fourth at The Masters, won a title on the Champions Tour and now has his sights on his second European Tour this season. He won in Hong Kong back in December.
  • Mark Calcavecchia (6-under) leads Kenny Perry by a stroke as the players reach the mid-way point of round two at the Champions Tour’s Regions Tradition — the tour’s first major of 2014.
  • Lewis is trying to win for back-to-back tournaments on the LPGA Tour, which would vault her into the No. 1 spot in the Rolex Rankings — displacing Inbee Park’s reign.