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South Korea’s Sung Kang carded a course record 60 at Monterey Country Club and the joint seventh-lowest score in PGA Tour history to share the clubhouse lead at the halfway stage of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Kang, who struggled to an opening round 72 on Thursday, stole the limelight from the more established names of Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose as he had nine birdies and an eagle to reach 11 under par.
Kang is joined on top of the leader board by Japan’s Hiroshi Iwata who shot a six-under 66 at Pebble Beach to tie for the lead.
Phil Mickelson kept himself right in contention for a 43rd PGA title with a round of 66 at Monterrey Peninsula although he fell one behind the leaders with a bogey at the last to finish on 10 under.
Justin Rose, who joined Mickelson at Monterrey at the three course event, is a further shot behind after a bogey on the last led to a round of 68, two behind the leaders.
However, the day belonged to Kang who started with a birdie on the 10th and raced through the back nine in just 31 shots.
The South Korean continued his fine form on the front nine with five birdies in total, but he agonisingly missed out on becoming only the seventh player to shoot a 59 on tour when he missed the green at the last with his “worst shot of the day”.
"I got a break in the rough," he said. "My career [low] round was 61 a couple of times so I was like, this is good. If the putt goes in, it goes in. If it doesn't, it doesn't. I don't really care.
"I holed almost all my putts inside 15 feet," said Kang.
Mickelson, who went back to his old driver after using a new one on Thursday, shares third with Freddie Jacobson and Chez Revie and he was impressed with his driving throughout his round.
"It was a good day, I really got off to a great start it was a lot of fun," said Mickelson.
"I drove it great, the only fairways I missed was with my three-wood.
“I appreciate and enjoy this tournament for what it is. It's a chance to get to know people and then also to play some of the best golf courses in the world."