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Stellar Casey in contention as Todd leads in Texas

DALLAS -- Britain's Paul Casey fired a nine-under 27 on the back nine on Friday to surge into contention at the U.S. PGA Tour's Byron Nelson Championship behind halfway leader Brendon Todd.

Todd, a graduate of the Web.com developmental tour, had seven birdies in his six-under par second-round 64 for a 36-hole total of eight-under par 132.

The event has a purse of US$6.9 million.

Todd was two strokes in front of a group of eight players headed by Casey, whose seven-under 63 — the low round of the day — came courtesy of his scintillating back nine.

Casey became only the eighth player in U.S. PGA history to fire 27 for nine holes, one off the tour record 26 fired by American Corey Pavin on the front nine in the first round at Milwaukee in 2006.

“I had no concept of what I was doing,” Casey said after completing 36 holes at six-under 134.

Casey's lone U.S. PGA title came at the 2009 Houston Open, but he has 13 other global triumphs, including last year's Irish Open.

Casey took bogeys at the third and par-3 fifth holes and although he pulled one back with a birdie at the par-5 seventh he closed the front nine with another bogey.

Then came his blazing back nine.

Casey sank a six-foot birdie putt at the 10th and followed with a 24-foot birdie putt at 11.

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