Golf highlights: Marc Leishman hits six birdies to retain lead at halfway stage of AT&T Byron Nelson

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Leishman in action - USA TODAY Sports
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Australia's Marc Leishman holds a one-shot halfway lead at the AT&T Byron Nelson in Texas after following his stunning opening round 61 with five-under-par 66.

The 34-year-old was unable to reach the exhilarating heights of his opening round, but still produced six birdies against a single bogey at Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas.

At 15 under par Leishman leads by one from American Aaron Wise - the 21-year-old who finished second on his last appearance at the Wells Fargo Championship.

Leishman, who won twice on the PGA Tour last season, started on the back nine and holed a 55-foot birdie putt at the 12th before picking up another shot on the 14th.

Finding two bunkers cost him a dropped shot at the 15th, but four birdies in five holes from the first kept him ahead of the chasing pack.

<span>Leishman in action</span> <span>Credit: USA Today </span>
Leishman in action Credit: USA Today

"I'll certainly take that - when you shoot a really low one like I did yesterday then it's hard to back it up," Leishman told the PGA Tour website.

"There probably was a few more out there but I holed a couple of good putts."

Wise fired six birdies and an eagle in his round of 63, with compatriot Brian Gay a shot further back on 13 under after a round of 62.

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