Jason Day added a 70 to his opening 68 at Bethpage Black to remain in contention in The Barclays on the US PGA Tour playoffs in New York today.
Day is tied-fifth at four-under par, four shots off the lead held by Patrick Reed of the United States after a day where his driver let him down a few times.
"I'm really looking forward to the weekend,'' said Day. "I feel like I'm really close. I mean the driver hasn't been spot-on, but I know the reps that I've done hopefully will catch up to my game and I'll start to drive a little bit better. The touch feels pretty good, I feel like I'm rolling the ball pretty well and I've just got to give myself the opportunities. Once again if you don't get it in the fairways it's hard to get the opportunities.''
The world No 1 has started the four massive tournaments of the playoffs on top of the Fedex Cup rankings and is hellbent on becoming the first Australian to win the bonus prize of $US10 million next month in Atlanta. Day made four consecutive birdies in the front nine but came undone at the par-four ninth, where he took a double bogey six after an errant drive.
The other Australians in the field in New York have struggled. John Senden and Adam Scott are tied-26th and Marc Leishman and Aaron Baddeley both missed the cut, Leishman putting himself in danger of missing the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston next week. The Victorian is projected to be 72nd on the standings, just outside the 70 who will tee it up in the second playoff event.
Reed, the feisty US Ryder Cupper, leads by two shots from Argentina's Emiliano Grillo and American Rickie Fowler through two rounds.