Goose flies into contention

He had two bogeys on his card, but Retief Goosen made seven birdies in his second-round 65 to trail leader Tommy Gainey by four in the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The two-time US Open champion climbed 20 spots on the leaderboard to be in a share of sixth at eight-under-par for the tournament, one shot behind a group of four players on nine-under which included Ernie Els.

While Goosen has been solid if unspectacular on the US PGA Tour this year – four top-25 finishes, including a third-place in the FedEx St Jude Classic is nothing special in a year which has also included four missed cuts – his round at the Sedgefield Country Club was the second-best of the day behind the 64s of William McGirt, Jim Herman, Camilo Villegas and Heath Slocum.

If he were to stay in his current position at the end of the tournament, he would move comfortably into the top 100 on the FedEx Cup rankings, giving him a degree of comfort for the four-event playoffs with their big bonus pool.

Although Goosen is currently 106th in those rankings, inside the cut-off at 125th, Els, who led the rankings at this stage last year, is currently in 126th.

But his four-under-par 66 in the second round in Greensboro projects him to finish the tournament in 88th spot in the FedEx Cup rankings, well inside the cut-off.

More than that, he actually has a shot at winning – something he hasn’t experienced since last December when he won the South African Open Championship.

The other South African in the field, Trevor Immelman missed the cut after his second-round 71. But he is projected to finish 98th in the FedEx Cup race despite that and should make the playoffs to round off a year that has seen him get back into some decent form after years of injury woes.

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