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DETROIT (AP) — Bryson DeChambeau chose to compete in the Rocket Mortgage Classic while many of the PGA Tour's top players skipped the tournament.

© Provided by Associated Press Bryson DeChambeau hits from the ninth tee during the second round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic golf tournament, Friday, July 3, 2020, at the Detroit Golf Club in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) © Provided by Associated Press Golfers walk on the sixth fairway during the second round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic golf tournament, Friday, July 3, 2020, at the Detroit Golf Club in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

He's aiming to take full advantage of the relatively weak field and course.

© Provided by Associated Press Seamus Power of Ireland hits from the 18th tee during the second round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic golf tournament, Friday, July 3, 2020, at the Detroit Golf Club in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

DeChambeau had four birdies on his back nine Friday to close with a 5-under 67, giving him a share of the lead among the early starters in the second round.

And it sounds as if DeChambeau has a plan to win for the first time this season and sixth time in his carer.

“If I can make birdie on all the par 5s on the weekend, that’s 8 under right there," he said. “Make a couple birdies on some short par 4s, I feel like that would be a good number."

Matthew Wolff (64), Seamus Power (66) and Mark Hubbard (66) also were in front at 11-under 133 after the first wave of players finished their second round.

© Provided by Associated Press Harold Varner III drives on the sixth tee during the second round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic golf tournament, Friday, July 3, 2020, at the Detroit Golf Club in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Chris Kirk gave himself a chance to finish the day with the lead alone. Kirk started his second round with a 6-under 30 on the front nine and added two birdies early on his back nine after shooting 5 under in the opening round.

Kevin Kisner and Sepp Straka were at 10-under 134, a stroke behind the early leaders.

In the PGA Tour's first three events after the COVID-19 pandemic stunted the season, the top five players in the world ranking participated in each tournament.

© Provided by Associated Press Hideki Matsuyama from Japan hits from the ninth tee during the second round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic golf tournament, Friday, July 3, 2020, at the Detroit Golf Club in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

None of the top five players is at the Detroit Golf Club and the field includes just 18 of the top 50.

DeChambeau, the only PGA Tour player with top-10 finish in each of the last three tournaments, is ranked No. 10 in the world.

He had a bogey-free second round after overcoming bogeys in the opening day.

“Coming off with a clean card makes me feel really good, and finishing off with a birdie gives me some inspiration," DeChambeau said.

© Provided by Associated Press Mark Hubbard walks off the 14th green during the second round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic golf tournament, Friday, July 3, 2020, at the Detroit Golf Club in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Power, who made the cut in just four of seven previous starts this season, had three birdies on the front and back nine to seal a spot for him to play this weekend.

Hubbard had six birdies and was about an inch from another one on an uphill, 29-foot birdie putt at No. 18 with a chance to take the early lead.

The 21-year-old Wolff put himself in position to take the the lead by himself with six straight birdies and eight over his first 10 holes after missing the cut in each of last two events.

© Provided by Associated Press Matthew Wolff drives on the sixth tee during the second round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic golf tournament, Friday, July 3, 2020, at the Detroit Golf Club in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

“I’ve learned the last couple weeks you definitely can’t win on the first two days, but you can sure as heck lose," he said.

The last time the former Oklahoma State star had six straight birdies, he won the 3M Open last year and joined Tiger Woods and Ben Crenshaw as winners of a PGA Tour event and the individual NCAA title in the same year.

© Provided by Associated Press Kevin Kisner hits from the 15th tee during the second round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic golf tournament, Friday, July 3, 2020, at the Detroit Golf Club in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Wolff missed opportunities to score on a pair of par 5s, including his 16th hole. His drive landed on an adjacent hole to the right and the second shot under tree branches caromed off a metal stake and landed in the rough on the left side of the No. 7 fairway.

© Provided by Associated Press Brandon Hagy hits his approach shot on the eighth hole during the second round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic golf tournament, Friday, July 3, 2020, at the Detroit Golf Club in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

“It was just one of those shots you kind of have to laugh at," Wolff said. “It was unfortunate it came on a day that I was hitting it so well, but it’s golf, you can’t hit every shot perfect."

Wolff also missed the fairway to the left on his 17th hole and missed a nine-foot putt, giving him a bogey and putting him in a pack of leaders.

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Nick Kyrgios announced he won't play in the U.S. Open in New York, instead saying in a video that he is more concerned about the safety of people around the globe amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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"Let's take a breath here and remember what's important which is health and safety of our community," the 25-year-old Australian said. "We can rebuild our sport and the economy but we can never recover lives lost."

Kyrgios, ranked No. 40 in the world, never has advanced past the third round of a U.S. Open. This year's tournament is scheduled to be played Aug. 31-Sept. 12.

He said he didn't object to the USTA holding the tournament -- in June, he called the organization "selfish" but said he recognizes it supports jobs -- but called on the players who will be participating to act "appropriately" and "safely."

"I will not be playing this year at the U.S. Open. It hurts me at my core," he said in the video, which was posted Saturday to the Instagram account of the Uninterrupted. "But I'm sitting out for the people, for my Aussies, for the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have lost their lives, for all of you."

As of Sunday morning, about 154,600 Americans were among the 679,435 people reported to have died globally from COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine.

His fellow Australian, women's No. 1 Ashleigh Barty, announced Wednesday that she is skipping the tournament.

"There are still significant risks involved due to COVID-19, and I don't feel comfortable putting my team and (me) in that position," she said.

The outspoken Kyrgios was critical of players who took part in Novak Djokovic's Adria Tour exhibition tournament in Serbia and Croatia in June. That tournament was canceled after numerous players tested positive for the coronavirus, and in the video, he took a shot at them without mentioning names.

"Tennis players, you have to act in the interests of each other and work together," he said. "You can't be dancing on tables, money-grabbing your way around Europe or trying to make a quick buck hosting an exhibition -- that's just so selfish.

"Think of the other people for once, that's what this virus is about. It doesn't care about your world ranking or how much money you have in the bank. Act responsibly."

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