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Canada’s Adam Svensson leads by 2 at MGM Resorts Championship

Adam Svensson is one of the hottest players on the Korn Ferry Tour, and he put that form on full display Friday, taking the 36-hole lead at the MGM Resorts Championship at Paiute.

Svensson, a winner three weeks ago in Georgia, had 11 birdies on the Sun Mountain course on his way to a second-round 64 and a two-shot lead.

“I think I’ve done it one other time in my life, but it was a long time ago,” Svensson said of the birdie barrage. “You feel like the hole is big, you’re hitting your lines, and you’re feeling confident.”

The Canadian is at 12-under at the midway point, but 15 players are within four shots of the lead. Included in that pack is Las Vegan Harry Hall, who briefly had a share of the lead Friday before finishing with a second consecutive 68. He is at 8-under and in a tie for seventh.

First-round leader Kevin Dougherty had a 68 Friday and sits two shots out of the lead.

Hall, Alex King (7-under) and David Lipsky (6-under) will carry the hopes of a Las Vegas champion into the weekend. Former UNLV stars Taylor Montgomery, John Oda and Derek Ernst all missed the cut, which came at 3-under.

Greg Robertson is a freelance reporter who covers golf for the Review-Journal. He can be reached at robertsongt@gmail.com.

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