• Byron Nelson Championship, Round Two

Kuchar recovers from shaky start in Texas

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Matt Kuchar remains on course for back-to-back titles after recovering from a poor start to shoot a two-under 68 at the Byron Nelson Championship in Texas.

Kuchar, who won The Players Championship at Sawgrass last week, is one shot behind leader Jason Dufner at the TPC Four Seasons in Irving.

The world No. 5 was slipping down the leaderboard after two bogeys and a double bogey in his opening six holes on Friday, but he rallied with five birdies to join the clubhouse leaders on six-under.

Americans Chad Campbell (66) and Ryan Palmer (70) join Kuchar in a sizeable chasing group with Australian Marc Leishman, Pat Perez and Dicky Pride after Dufner made a late charge to snatch the lead with four birdies in his last five holes to sign for a 66.

US PGA champion Keegan Bradley is a shot further back, while 2011 US Open runner-up Jason Day is on four-under after his round of 68.

After his eventful round on Thursday (one eagle, five birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey), Padraig Harrington's second-round scorecard was decidedly less colourful, with two birdies and a bogey en route to a 69 to sit four strokes behind on three-under.

Brian Davis is the highest placed Englishman after he kept his hopes alive with a second round 65. Davis was well off the pace after his opening round 73, but he stormed up the leaderboard on Friday with a bogey-free round featuring five birdies.

A stroke further back sit veterans Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els. The pair each shot a 69 on Friday to move to one-under, while Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen and England's Gary Christian missed the cut.

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