PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — There have been about 7,200 rounds played at the Honda Classic since it moved to PGA National 17 years ago.
Only two of those were better than the one turned in Friday by Chris Kirk.
Kirk shot an 8-under 62 in the second round, moving him to 9 under for the week and one shot behind Justin Suh (64) at the tournament's midway point. Kirk had an eagle and six birdies, hitting 16 greens and taking advantage of no wind blowing in the morning — very rare for PGA National.
"Usually we're playing for 15-, 20-plus yards of hurt going into the wind shots, and 15, 20 yards of help on downwind shots," Kirk said. "It's really difficult to get those just right when it’s really windy. But today there was hardly a breath most of the round, and so it became a little bit more target practice."
Suh had four consecutive birdies on holes 8 through 11, rolling in putts from 5, 15, 25 and 30 feet in that span, to post a 36-hole total of 10-under 130.
"I think we've been trending in the right direction," Suh said. "Every week I've been improving and just certain spots, and I think it's gratifying just to see the progressive work pay off."
There was no shortage of players taking dead aim. Ryan Gerard (63) and Ben Taylor (65) were tied for third at 8 under. Ben Martin (64), Eric Cole (66) and Brice Garnett (64) were all another shot back.
"Anything around here around that par or below, you can't be too upset about," said U.S. Ryder Cup captain Zach Johnson, who celebrated his 47th birthday with a 67 to get to 5 under for the week.
Gerard was a Monday qualifier. This is only his second PGA Tour event as a pro, and his first made cut.
"I wouldn't want to be doing anything else," Gerard said. "This is my dream ever since I was a little kid, just playing PGA Tour events. I'm still on the road there, not officially made it yet, but I just really enjoy playing golf. I love everything about it. I love the competition. I love challenging myself. I love playing against the best players and seeing how I stack up."
Shane Lowry shot his second consecutive 68, highlighted by a 57-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th — his ball staying on-line even after rolling over another player's coin on its way to the hole.