Pampling, who has lived in the Dallas are for much of his PGA Tour career, added a second round of 67 to be in a share of 13th position although seven shots behind the five shot leader, Jason Kokrak.
Former winner Jason Day is the next best of the Australians and one shot behind Pampling, while Marc Leishman and Greg Chalmers are two shots further back with Geoff Ogilvy just sneaking inside the cutline at 2 over.
Pampling has had a mixed year to date on the PGA Tour, of 17th coming at the restricted field SBS Tournament of Champions but on a golf course which he has often played well he is well in the hunt heading into the weekend.
The leader Kokrak has yet to win on the PGA Tour, a runner-up finish at last year’s Northern Trust Open the best to date in 145 starts and he has mixed thoughts on that.
“Well, I thought about it, yeah, everybody wants to win on the PGA TOUR. But playing solid golf and having a job for next year I'm more than happy to be out here and doing what I love, hanging out with the guys I hang out with out here and being able to, you know, play golf and see the most beautiful places in the world.
“I'm more than happy doing what I'm doing but, yeah, I would like to get that first win.
“All week, you know, I've been feeling better and better with the putter. Dave Stockton, Jr. and his dad have helped me out the last few weeks and things are starting to kind of go in an upturn.”