Rod Pampling rocketed into a share of second place after round two of the US PGA Tour Memorial Tournament. The Australian carded the round of the day, a blistering bogey-free 6-under-par 66 at Muirfield Village, to move to 6-under (138) for the tournament.
Pampling is tied with Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy and Americans Ricky Barnes and Jonathan Byrd.
The 41-year-old Queenslander carded three birdies on each nine, twice holing putts from off the fringe to move up 50 places on the leaderboard.
Fellow Australian Aaron Baddeley is also well in contention after a four-under par 68 moved him to 5-under 139 and into a tie for sixth with five others including new world number one Luke Donald. Rod Played a practice round with Badds and masters champion Charl Shwartzl on Tuesday.
Channelling fond memories from the past few weeks and prior starts at Muirfield, Pampling is full of confidence heading into the weekend.
He has posted back-to-back top 10s over the last fortnight and led the 2007 Memorial heading into the final day before being run down by KJ Choi to finish third.
"I'm looking forward to the weekend," Pampling said.
"I had a close finish in 2007 and I'm excited about doing it all again.
"Obviously in contention is where you want to be. You want to have a chance and I've given myself that.
"It was a good day, I hit some great shots, made some great putts and it added up to six-under so that's great."
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