Trevor Immelman shot a second round 69 on Friday to hold a share of 20th in the Frys.com Open, five shots behind leader Paul Casey in the $5,000,000 tournament at Cordevalle Golf Club.
ImmelmanÂs card of two-under-par, which included four birdies, took him five spots up the leaderboard after he improved off the tee on day two.
The Masters winner played more aggressively on the second day and was rewarded with his 69, despite carding bogeys at the second and 14th.
On the first day he showed good composure during an opening string of 13 pars. Immelman went on to shoot a quiet 70 for the first round, which included a bogey at the 14th and birdies at the 16th and 18th.
Immelman, a five-time winner on the Sunshine Tour, needed 31 putts in each round, but managed to double his birdie count in round two.
The score took him to an 11-way tie for 20th ahead of the cut, which should settle at one-over-par.
Ernie Els switched to a belly putter and enjoyed success on the green when he carded five birdies for no drops, but has two holes left to complete in his second round after bad light stopped play.
Further back, Louis Oosthuizen is tied for 40th at one-under-par after shooting 70 for his second round.
Rory Sabbatini struggled round on the second day and is three-over through 14. He has an outside shot at bringing himself back into contention over the final four holes of his second round, which were deferred until Saturday.
Immelman improved during day two and showed good confidence as he took on the course, but needs to find his grove in order to catch the frontrunners.