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American Palmer is tied with England’s David Skinns – who recorded a career-best 63 on Friday – and first-round leader Sebastian Munoz of Colombia, who made PGA Tour history with a first-round of 60; watch AT&T Byron Nelson this week, live on Sky Sports Golf

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Watch the best action from Day 2 of the AT&T Byron Nelson on Friday.

Watch the best action from Day 2 of the AT&T Byron Nelson on Friday.

Ryan Palmer shot the lowest score of the second round, shooting a 62 on Friday to join a three-way tie atop the 36-hole leaderboard at the AT&T Byron Nelson in Texas.

The 45-year-old American, who last won a PGA individual event in 2010 at the Sony Open in Hawaii, was flawless in his bogey-free 10-bird performance that took him to 15 under at TPC Craig Ranch.

In a field where 19 players are 10 under or better in two rounds, Palmer is tied with England’s David Skinns – who scored a record 63 on Friday – and first-round leader Sebastian Munoz of Colombia, who has scored a 69 a day after making PGA Tour history with a blistering 60 on his first round.

Ryan Palmer waves to the crowd after his second round of 62 at the AT&T Byron Nelson

Ryan Palmer waves to the crowd after his second round of 62 at the AT&T Byron Nelson

Tour rookie Justin Lower sits fourth, his best position after any career lap, one stroke back after a second-round 66. He is followed by South African Charl Schwartzel (65) at 13 under .

Three players are tied for sixth, just three shots off the lead, Justin Spieth (65), Chilean Joaquin Niemann (65) and defending champion KH Lee (68) of South Korea.

Palmer, a native of Amarillo, Texas, started play on the back nine and went on fire with a six-birding streak over seven holes, starting on the par-5 12th hole.

He finished in style with four more birdies up front, holes 3, 5 and 6, as well as his last of the day at 9. The round was one of his best career results (61 in the second round of the 2015 Humana Challenge).

“Today was all about knowing you have to shoot low, do a good number just to stay within striking distance,” Palmer said. “You never know when you’re going to catch lightning like that, and getting 10 birdies today is an incredible feeling, especially in front of some fans, friends and family.

“So I like where we are, I like what [caddie] Randy Smith and I do and some of the best putts I’ve done too.”

Tour rookie Skinns, 40, also had 10 birdies and his only flaw – a bogey on the par-4 6th hole – kept him from holding the tournament lead.

“I rode it well yesterday and felt like I could do the same again today and I did that and had a great run there in the middle where I think I have. made five in a row, of which this is one of them where you come from – you feel it,” Skinns said, crediting a driver change Wednesday for his scorching game so far.

Although he fell back to the front of the pack on Friday, Munoz saved his inning with four birdies up front after a 1-over back nine to start his inning. The 29-year-old is looking for his second career PGA victory.

Spieth, meanwhile, is looking to win his second straight tournament in as many starts after winning RBC Heritage in April in the playoffs. The 13-time PGA winner delivered eight birdies and a bogey on Friday.

Scottie Scheffler, first in the latest world rankings, is part of a group of eight players under 9 after a 68 on Friday. He was injured by a triple bogey 7 on No. 13.

The 5-under cut line equates to a PGA season low, with 13 players heading home on Friday despite scoring 4-under.

Ryan Palmer joins Byron Nelson's top-three standings at midterm | Golf News

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