Trevor ImmelmanÂs second round score of 70 meant a drop to third place, one shot off leaders Brendon de Jonge and Webb Simpson in the Greenbrier Classic at The Old White TPC in West Virginia yesterday.
ImmelmanÂs leading first round of six-under-par kept him in contention after he made a level-par second round, while Zimbabwean de JongeÂs impressive second round of 67 took him to seven-under for the tournament.
Former Masters champion Immelman began the day with a birdie on the third, but a bogey on the fifth slowed his momentum.
Immelman carded a further bogey on the eighth, where he made birdie the previous day, and turned at one-over.
32-year-old Immelman drove an average of 20 metres further per hole on day two, but struggled with his putts for birdie and carded pars from the 10th to the 16th holes.
A putting average 1.9 for the second round caused Immelman to card his first back-nine birdie on the 17th and he closed the day at level-par.
Brendon de Jonge played a patient game and took opportunities when they came, carding two birdies on either side of the turn.
He recovered a dropped shot on the13th with a solid birdie on the par-three 15th to close the day tied for the lead with American Webb Simpson.
Immelman, who is tied second for greens in regulation, will be a serious threat to the lead if he can muster the same putting skill he displayed just two days ago.