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Koepka surges to lead after 64

Brooks Koepka
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Keegan Bradley of the US watches his shot from the 11th tee during his first round on the opening day of the 2012 British Open Golf Championship at Royal Lytham and St Annes in Lytham, north-west England, on July 19, 2012. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/GettyImages)  - 

CordeValle Golf Club continued to yield low scores Friday during the second round of the season-opening Open. Here's how things shape up heading into the weekend in Northern California, where Brooks Koepka finds his name atop the leaderboard after 36 holes:

Leaderboard: Brooks Koepka (-11), Jason Kokrak (-10), Robert Garrigus (-9), Jim Herman (-9), Camilo Villegas (-8), Charlie Wi (-7), Kevin Tway (-7), Kyle Stanley (-7)

What it means: After winning three times on the Challenge Tour last season, Koepka earned a promotion to the European Tour earlier this year. Though he's not a full PGA Tour member, the 23-year-old is looking to follow in the footsteps of phenom Jordan Spieth by earning his status as the season progresses. He's off to a strong start thus far, staked to a one-shot advantage as he seeks his maiden Tour title.

Round of the day: Garrigus began his round quickly Friday, carding two birdies across his first three holes. The former PGA Tour winner then birdied Nos. 6-9 to card an outward 29, adding three more red figures on his inward half to card an 8-under 63. The score helped Garrigus ascend 32 spots up the leaderboard, and he will now begin Saturday's third round within two shots of Koepka.

Best of the rest: Beginning his round on the back nine, Koepka had a turbulent outward half that included only two pars. Though he bogeyed Nos. 11 and 14, Koepka more than made up for those blemishes with an eagle on the par-5 15th to go along with four birdies. The 23-year-old closed with a pair of birdies on holes 8-9 to break free of the pack and claim sole possession of the lead on the PGA Tour for the first time in his career.

Biggest disappointment: Coming off his appearance at the Presidents Cup, Angel Cabrera figured to factor this week among a relatively weak field on a course that rewards length off the tee. Instead, the Argentine failed to break par in either of his first two rounds, following up his opening 75 with a 1-over 72 Friday to miss the cut by five shots in the season opener.

Main storyline heading into Saturday: All eyes will be on Koepka, who many fans may only know as Tiger Woods' playing partner during the final round of this year's PGA Championship. The Floridian has significant game, though, as evidenced by his first two rounds at CordeValle. It remains to be seen whether he can hold up under the pressure of a final pairing on the PGA Tour, with former winners like Garrigus, Stanley and Villegas close behind with two rounds still to play.

Shot of the day: A runner-up here a year ago, Kokrak came to the ninth hole, his 18th of the day, three shots off the pace. After his second shot into the par-5 from 219 yards away rolled to within a foot of the cup, though, the former Xavier standout was left with a kick-in eagle that earned him a spot in Saturday's final pairing.