Tony Finau hasn't taken a day off since missing the cut at Mayakoba and this showed in the second round of the Cadence Bank Houston Open with a superb 62.
Finau, 33, carded 10 birdies with two bogeys to level his career-low score on the PGA Tour. He birdied his final three holes to reach 13-under and Patrick Rodgers was his closest pursuer on 9-under when he rolled in his last putt.
Finau missed the cut at the World Wide Technology Championship in Mexico and he endeavoured to put this right. This is only his second start of the revamped 2023 schedule after winning the Presidents Cup in September.
The American is looking for his third win since the end of July. He won in back-to-back weeks at the 3M Open and the Rocket Mortgage Classic last season.
"You always hope that you see some good golf coming. Yeah, I didn't take a day off from last week until this week, just meaning I wanted to just be sharp," Finau said.
"I was not very sharp last week. I played some good stretches of golf mixed with a lot of bad stretches of golf, so I just wanted to be a little sharper and play some better golf within myself and I've been able to do that these first couple of days.
"That's definitely some great scoring. Obviously winning back-to-back on the Tour, that's probably right at the top so far in my career, but this was a nice stretch. I think these last 27 holes are pretty impressive on this golf course.
"It's not a golf course where we're playing rounds and we're like, we're gonna light this place up, right? For sure out there today I do feel like I was in that zone and just able to execute golf shots and at the end of the day it rounded up to 62."
Tyson Alexander has carded back-to-back 66s to reach 8-under in the clubhouse, while James Hahn and Carl Yuan have each finished on 7-under after 36 holes.
Yuan thrilled the crowd on Friday with an incredible 50-putt on the par-3 7th hole, swinging his putter over his shoulder. There should be plenty more entertainment from the talented man from China to come.
In further news from day two, Mark Hubbard was disqualified for knowingly using a 15th club in his bag. The Tour stated that Hubbard "used the club several times without declaring it out of play."