Silvers, Duncan share lead in Texas

Jun 6, 2015 - 2:25 AM Lewisville, TX ( - Mark Silvers and Tyler Duncan both used 9-under 63s in Friday's second round to grab a share of the inaugural Greater Dallas Open lead.

Silvers and Duncan finished 36 holes at 14-under-par 130. Neither player has won on the Tour, while Silvers had one victory on the PGA Tour Canada last season at the Cape Breton Celtic Classic.

Kevin Foley (63), Michael Kim (64), Adam Long (64) and Julian Etulain (66) are all tied for second at 13-under 131 at The Lakes at Castle Hills.

First-round leader Tommy Gainey followed up his first-round 63 with a 3-under 69. He is joined in seventh place by Adam Crawford (64), Brad Fritsch (65) and Tyler Aldridge (65) at minus-12.

Silvers and Duncan both started the day four shots back of the leader Gainey.

A birdie on the second hole got Silvers into red figures for the day. Following a trio of pars from three, Silvers rolled in back-to-back gains on six and seven before running off four straight pars from eight to make the turn.

Then Silvers hit a huge hot streak to finish up his round. The 28-year-old was able to grab the outright lead at the time when he ripped off six birdies over his final seven holes, pushing him up to minus-14.

"I needed a round like this," Silvers said. "It's always frustrating when you know you're playing well and you're just not seeing anything out of it, so it's nice to get a couple of good rounds under the belt finally."

Duncan had a quiet front nine, which featured two birdies on four and eight to go alone with seven pars.

Like Silvers, Duncan did most of his work on the back nine. Five birdies in six holes from No. 11 got Duncan to within two of Silvers.

As a member of one of the last groups on the course, Duncan holed an eagle at the par-5 18th to jump into a share of the second-round lead.

"I just got it around on the front, hit some good shots but really didn't make much," Duncan said. "When we made the turn my caddie was talking about how now all we're doing is playing to sleep in, so let's see what you've got. It's not always putting, but I tend to hit the ball about the same. I chipped in for birdie on 13 and that got me jump-started."

NOTES: Silvers finished 10th on the PGA Tour Canada money list last season with $37,591 ... Duncan has six missed cuts in 10 events this season, but he also finished tied for second at the Brasil Champions ... With the cut falling at 6-under 138, 73 players advanced to play the weekend.

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