May 17 2013
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
IRVING, Texas -- For his first 17 holes in Friday's second round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship, Tom Gillis was having the round of his life.
His final hole didn't end the way he hoped, but Gillis still walked off the course with a 7-under 63, tying his career low round on the PGA TOUR.
That left the 44-year-old Gillis at 8 under through two rounds and puts him in position to make a weekend charge at his first TOUR win.
Gillis had the hottest round of any player for most of Friday's morning wave. Starting his round off the 10th tee, Gillis was a bogey-free 8 under through 17 holes.
His approach shot on his final hole, the par-4 ninth, landed 9 feet, 1 inch from the pin. But instead of a possible birdie and a 61, Gillis three-putted for 63.
His only other 63 came at The Greenbrier Classic in 2010. That's also the last time Erik Compton shot 63 ... until he matched that on Friday.
And just like with Gillis, Compton played terrific for most of his round until a late stumble. He was 7 under through his first 16 holes, and at the par-4 third, he rolled in a putt from 55 feet -- the longest of his TOUR career.
He bogeyed the par-4 eighth before bouncing back with a birdie at the ninth.
His 63 leaves him at 5 under for the tournament.