Tom Gillis among trio making a charge

IRVING, Texas -- Tom Gillis, a 44-year-old still seeking his first PGA Tour win, was among a trio of golfers making strong second-round charges at the HP Byron Nelson Championship on Friday morning.

Playing in the first pairing off No. 10, Gillis shot a 7-under 63. He’s at 8-under for 36 holes, in second place overall, two off the lead of Keegan Bradley, who is part of the afternoon wave.

"I'm glad I got to find out what I could do in calm conditions," Gillis said. "We were playing at a good pace and I was putting great."

Gillis holed seven birdie putts of nine feet or more, including a 32-footer on No. 13. Had he converted a 12-foot birdie putt on his last hole, Gillis could have finished with a 61 and a tie for the lead. Instead, he three-putted for his lone bogey.

"I gave it too much on my first putt and lost concentration coming back," Gillis said.

Erik Compton and John Huh, a 22-year-old Dallas resident, climbed into the top 12 with rounds of 63 and 64, respectively. Huh is tied for fourth at 7-under and Compton is tied for 11th at 5-under.

The projected cut is at 1-under.