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  • Paul Casey shot a back-nine 27, tying for second-lowest back nine in PGA TOUR history. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) Paul Casey shot a back-nine 27, tying for second-lowest back nine in PGA TOUR history. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

IRVING, Texas -- Paul Casey knew he had played well on the back nine Friday at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. But not until his caddie started adding up the numbers did he know exactly how well.

Try an 8-under 27 en route to a 63 that vaulted him into a tie for the lead at 6 under midway through the second round.

Casey became the eighth player in PGA TOUR history to shoot 27 for nine holes. That's one shot off the all-time TOUR record of 26 held by Corey Pavin, set in 2006 on the front nine of his first round at the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee.

"I had no concept of what I was doing," Casey said.

Casey was 2 over through six holes, but his second shot at the par-5 seventh to set up an eagle putt from inside 10 feet got him going.

He did bogey the ninth, but after making the turn, he birdied the par-4 10th and 11th holes. 

Parred the 12th.

Made three straight birdies at the par-3 13th, par-4 14th and par-4 15th.

Eagled the par-5 16th.

Parred the 17th.

Then finished with a birdie at the par-4 18th.

"The seal was broken when I got to 10," Casey said. "It just spiraled from there."

Casey's previous best for nine holes on the PGA TOUR was 30, which he has done twice, including earlier this year at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

But 27 puts him in another stratosphere.

"I like to think I would be pretty good at shooting low rounds of golf through the past," Casey said, "but certainly nothing like that."


PAUL CASEY'S SIGNED SCORECARD

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HOW TO SHOOT 27
Paul Casey hole-by-hole on the back nine Friday

Hole Result Shots
10th (par 4, 406 yards) Birdie 311-yard tee shot; approach to 6 feet, 7 inches
11th (par 4, 305 yards) Birdie 292-yard tee shot; pitch to 24 feet, 2 inches
12th (par 4, 452 yards) Par 284-yard drive; appoach into greenside bunker; pitch to 13 feet, 1 inch
13th (par 3, 163 yards) Birdie Tee shot to 13 feet
14th (par 4, 408 yards) Birdie 262-yard tee shot; approach to 9 feet, 5 inches
15th (par 4, 476 yards) Birdie 323-yard tee shot; approach to 4 feet, 5 inches
16th (par 5, 527 yards) Eagle 269-yard tee shot; second shot to 32 feet, 4 inches
17th (par 3, 202 yards) Par Tee shot to 37 feet, 4 inches; two putt
18th (par 4, 428 yards) Birdie 304-yard tee shot; approach to 5 feet, 3 inches
Paul Casey ties back nine record of 27 at HP Byron Nelson
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    Paul Casey ties back nine record of 27 at HP Byron Nelson

Paul Casey ties back nine record of 27 at HP Byron Nelson
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    Paul Casey ties back nine record of 27 at HP Byron Nelson

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