PGA: AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am - Second Round

Nick Taylor acknowledges the crowd on the 18th hole during the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament at Pebble Beach Golf Links in California on Friday.

Nick Taylor finished Friday on fire to cap a round of 6-under 66 to maintain a two-stroke lead through two rounds at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in California.

Taylor, playing the par-72 Pebble Beach Golf Links course, birdied four of his final five holes, after playing the previous seven in 1 over. The Canadian sits at 14-under 129 and leads Jason Day of Australia by two strokes through 36 holes.

The players are rotating among three courses through the first three days of the event, with par-71 Monterey Peninsula considered to be bit easier than Pebble Beach, and with par-72 Spyglass Hill generally the toughest of the trio. Taylor shot 63 at Monterey on Thursday to lead the field by two.

Day fired a bogey-free round of 64 at Pebble Beach on Friday, using three birdies and an eagle in the final seven holes to hold second place alone. He’s one stroke in front of defending champion Phil Mickelson, who had seven birdies and an eagle but finished with a bogey to settle for a 64 at Monterey.

Tied in fourth at 10 under are Chris Baker (64 at Pebble Beach) and Charl Schwartzel (66 at Pebble Beach) with Dustin Johnson (65 at Monterrey Peninsula) and Scott Piercy (66 at Pebble Beach) another stroke back. Six players are tied for eighth at 8 under.

Mickelson and Johnson, a two-time winner and the top-ranked player in the field at No. 5, are the only players in the top six who have already played Spyglass Hill. Both will play Pebble Beach on Saturday.

Taylor, 31, is seeking his first PGA Tour victory since his lone win in 2014. He opened with birdies at Nos. 2 and 3, then added another at the sixth. After a bogey at 12, he rolled up birdies at 14, 15, 17 and 18. He sunk putts outside 15 feet at both 14 and 18 to finish with four birdies on the four par-5s.

Day was even better on par-5s, collecting three birdies and an eagle at the 14th, where he holed out from 40 yards away on his third shot. Day also sunk monster putts of 45 feet (at No. 5), 51 feet (No. 12), 16 feet (No. 15) and 23 feet (No. 18).

Mickelson started on the back nine at Monterey with consecutive birdies, then added another at 14. He bounced back from a bogey at 15 by sinking an eagle putt of nearly 40 feet at 16. Mickelson ran off four straight birdies to start the front nine, leaving him at 8 under through 13 holes, before four pars and a bogey at the ninth.