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Sung Kang hits a 60 to take lead at Pebble Beach

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Sung Kang 2Talk about playing the game of your life. South Korean Sung Kang went even after round on, but found himself tied for the lead after shooting a course-record and career-low 60 while playing Monterey Peninsula to finish 11-under through two rounds, with literally all of the damage coming on the second day.

Kang never did anything notable in his professional career before. He never finished near the top of a PGA Tour event; and he only qualified for one major championship ever, which was back in 2011 when he played at the U.S. Open. But he was a bigger star than his celebrity partner Ray Romano on Friday.

“I feel like I’m living a dream right now,” Kang said.

Starting out on the back nine, Kang birdied his opening hole, which was just a sign of what was to come. He birdied nine holes, give of which were on the front nine, and he hit an eagle on the 16th.

Kang thought he only tied his career-best round, but Romano told him it was a 71, not a 72, so his 11-under was indeed a 60. Either that or he thought he hit the legendary 59, but was told by his legendary caddie Mike ‘Fluff’ Cowan that the 16th hole had been lengthened to a par 5 two years ago to make it a par 71.

Kang clearly showed the benefit of working with the best caddie in the world. Cowan, who used to work with Tiger Woods during the prime of his prime, and lately Jim Furyk, but with Furyk out with a wrist injury and Kang deciding to separate from his previous caddie, the temporary partnership worked out perfectly.

Another thing Kang learned about was who his partner was. Kang never heard of his television star partner before the tournament.

“One of my buddies came up and said, ‘Oh, you’re with ray. He’s very famous,'” Kang said. “I did some research on it. I Googled Ray and he was like on a really famous TV show for six or seven years. He gets like almost a third more earnings from TV drama show.”

And while Romano has no clue who his partner heading into the tournament was either, Kang smiled and said, “I think he’ll remember me after today.”

Iwata shares lead at 11-under

While Sung Kang was the start of the day, Japanese professional Hiroshi Iwata found himself tied at the top of the leaderboard after the second round. Iwata shot a 66 for the second-straight day.

He played on Pebble Beach on Friday and started off with an incredible run, going six-under through the first nine holed with four birdies and an eagle on the sixth. He matched birdies and bogey’s on the back nine to finished 11-under through 36 rounds of golf.

Though still not a highly-known golfer, Iwata once bounced back from a five-over at the PGA Championship last summer with a 63 in the second round, tying an all-time low round at a major tournament.

Mickelson’s incredible start puts him in third

He had a good but not overly great first round, but Phil Mickelson killed it on Monterey Peninsula with a 65 to move up into a tie for this place at 10-under through two rounds of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Mickelson birdied four of the first five holes on the course and was five-under through the first nine holes before hitting an eagle on the 10th. Mickelson was seven-under and on pace to hit a 59, but birdied just the 16th after that while bogeying the 12th and 18th holes.

“I thought I was going to shoot a lot lower than I did,” Mickelson said. “I didn’t expect to play 1 over coming in. But I’m not going to complain because I made a lot of good putts on the front.”

Mickelson put two new clubs in his bag for this tournament after being dissatisfied with his driver and 3-wood. He went back to his old driver after a disappointing first round and that clearly benefited him, but he was let down by his 3-wood. He missed the fairway on the 12th hole and it led to his first bogey. He also missed the fairway on the 19th, which was his other bogey. He said it “looks like I”m going to go back to my old 3-wood.”

Mickelson is tied for third with Freddie Jacksonson, who followed his 65 with a 69 to finish 10-under through two rounds. Round 1 leaders Chez Reavie hit a 70 on Pebble Beach but his opening round score had kept him more than just in the hunt through 36 holes.

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