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Mike Weir update: Former BYU golfer tied for second at Byron Nelson Championship

Former BYU golfer Mike Weir at the Byron Nelson Championship.
Former BYU golfer Mike Weir at the Byron Nelson Championship. Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Having missed the cut at two of the last three tournaments he’s played, former BYU golfer Mike Weir needed to have a big tournament at the HP Byron Nelson Championship in Irving, Texas. He certainly got that and more at the TPC Four Seasons Resort, finishing in a tie for second place on Friday, May 16.

Weir opened his latest PGA Tour stop with a 68 in his first round of play. He birdied four holes -- but hit bogeys on holes five and 12 -- finishing with a respectable two strokes under par for the day.

If round one was solid for Weir -- which it undoubtedly was -- his second round of play Friday was even better. He birdied four of his first nine holes on Friday before finally having one bad shot--a bogey on the 10th hole.

After that 10th hole, however, it was smooth sailing for Weir who reached par on holes 11 through 17 on a hot, humid Texas morning. To cap off his second round on Friday he birdied the final hole to put him in the clubhouse with a 66, two strokes better than his first round score of 68.

But it wasn’t just Weir who was having a tournament to remember on Friday. Eight golfers -- including Weir, Englishman Paul Casey and German sensation Martin Kaymer --- sat atop the leader board at the HP Byron Nelson Championship with unconscionable second round scores.

Casey even shot a 27 total on the back nine of the TPC Four Seasons Resort on Friday, a feat that has only been accomplished four times in PGA Tour history. (He finished the day with a sizzling 63.)

As for Weir who hasn’t finished higher than 40th place in over one month of tournaments he’s played, he is looking for a breakthrough here. Based on his first two rounds in Irving, you have to like his chances going into the final rounds this weekend on a course that seems to suit his style of play.