SAN MARTIN -- After sharpening his impressive skills abroad, Brooks Koepka proved well-equipped to carve up CordeValle Golf Club in Friday's second round of the Frys.com Open.
The 23-year-old from Florida, who's been to 15 countries this year, had a one-stroke lead after shooting a 7-under 64 for a 36-hole total of 11-under 131.
In his round, Koepka had eight birdies, an eagle, three bogeys and only six pars on a spectacular day for scoring.
"I putted really well," he said. "I hit some good shots in there. I holed a bunch of 15-to-20-footers. I thought my speed was real good."
Jason Kokrak, who tied for second last year, eagled the 18th hole of his round, No. 9 on the course, to shoot 65 and move into second at 10-under 132.
Robert Garrigus was two shots back after he carded a 63. He shot a 29 on the front nine and looked poised to break the magical 60 barrier with six birdies on the first nine.
"I had flashes of 59 for a second, and I'm like, 'Alright idiot, stop thinking,' " said Garrigus, who had nine birdies and a bogey overall and was tied with Jim Herman at 9-under 133.
Koepka has a well-stamped passport. Without status on the PGA Tour, he's been playing on the Challenge Tour in Europe, where won three times to earn his European Card. He tied for fifth in the 2013 Kenya Open after getting lost during a harrowing three-hour road trip upon his arrival at midnight.
"It was a bit scary," Koepka recalled of the Kenyan misadventure. "But then, I've got so many good stories: Just going to Switzerland, one of the most beautiful places in the world. I've been in the U.K. quite a bit, and Scotland. ... Kenya is awesome."
Asked if he'd eaten any weird food during his travels, and Koepka said, "Yeah, well, last year we ate horse meat in Kazakhstan."
Thus, the cross-country trip from Florida for the Frys.com Open was a breeze for Koepka.
"Yeah, yeah, it's nice," he said. "It was only like a five-hour flight. ... Didn't seem like it was too long, but it was nice getting here. The way everything is run here, it's unbelievable. It's first class."
Kokrak may have had the shot of the day on his final hole. After striping his drive on the par-5, he hit a perfect cut 6-iron to the green, and the ball stopped rolling 9 inches from the cup for a tap-in eagle.
"I hit a perfect shot," he said. "As soon as I hit it, and it hit the green, my caddie started yelling for it to go in."
Garrigus' stellar play was a welcome relief for a guy who finished the previous season with a thud, missing cuts at the Barclays and Deutsche Bank Championship. The sour notes came after he'd tied for 25th in the PGA Championship and tied for 11th in the Wyndham Championship.
He also lost to Matt Kuchar 3-and-2 in the quarterfinals of the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play and finished tied for fifth.
But Garrigus looked, and played, like a new man Friday.
"I was very disappointed with my play last year," he said. "I felt like I let a bunch of tournaments slide, especially the Match Play. It was just frustrating. I took a month off and didn't touch a club for probably about 20, 25 days, and then I hit the gym the whole time. I got fit again. I felt like a let my cardio slide and I wasn't fit enough."
Two former Cal players were having an impact.
Charlie Wi, 41, who was born in Seoul, South Korea, was tied for sixth at 7-under 135 after shooting 68. Max Homa, 22, playing on a sponsor's exemption, also shot a 68 for a 5-under 137. Thus, he made the cut in his pro debut
"I'm not too far off the lead, so that's what I'm kind of focused on," Homa said. "I'm kind of playing with house money in my first event, and I can just kind of go out there play my game."
Japanese stars Ryo Ishikawa and Hideki Matsuyama moved into contention with solid rounds and were both at 6-under 136. They were in a group that included Vijay Singh, first-day leader Jeff Overton and Andres Gonzales, who had the best round of the day with a 62.
Among the bigger names to miss the even-par cutline were Presidents Cup players Angel Cabrera and Marc Leishman, Billy Horschel and Lucas Glover.
Stockton native Ricky Barnes (69) made the cut with a 2-under 140.
Through two rounds
Name Scores Par
Brooks Koepka 67-64 -11
Jason Kokrak 67-65 -10
Robert Garrigus 70-63 -9
Jim Herman 67-66 -9
Camilo Villegas 68-66 -8
Five tied at 7 under
Full leader board, PAGE 9
Course: CordeValle Golf Club. TV: 2-5 p.m. (5:30-8:30 p.m., taped)