To add even more merit to his impressive round was that Leishman bogeyed his 4th hole before things made a turn for the better, eventually finishing with his 6 under par round and although five shots from the leader, Matt Kuchar, it continues a run of very consistent form for the Victorian golfer.
Finishing off his round with consecutive birdies at his 17th and 18th holes put the icing on the cake for the man who is currently 3rd on the FedEx Cup points table for the season.
Leishman finished 4th at last week’s Sentry Tournament of Champions and has a good record in this event having made all nine previous cuts and he is close enough if good enough over the weekend.
Cameron Smith reeled off seven birdies in round two but could only manage a round of 2 under 68 but, at 7 under, he is well enough placed in a share of 12th position at the halfway mark.
Matt Jones was the only other Australian to make the cut but in 35th place at 4 under has has a lot of work to do if he is to challenge those ahead.
Cameron Davis and Adam Scott finished well outside of the cutline, Scott struggling in his first tournament since late October.
Three double bogeys during his second round of 75 highlighted Scott’s lack of tournament fitness.
The leader, Kuchar, has a good record in the event although has not played since 2016 but today he added a second consecutive round of 63 to lead by one over Andrew Putnam who in turn is three ahead of Chez Reavie and a resurgent Stewart Cink.
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