There are still four players tied at the top of the Quicken Loans National.
One of the four, Aussie Oliver Goss / Getty Images
Oliver shot a second round -5 under par 66 to share top spot on the Quicken Loans National leaderboard with a -6 under par total at Congressional.
He is joined on that score by, Marc Leishman, Ricky Barnes and Patrick Reed. Yesterday’s leader Greg Chalmers crashed down the leaderboard, recording a second round of +7 over par 78, to finish the day at +2 over par, just one shot inside the cut-off mark.
Oliver was lucky to be in the tournament, an over zealous security guard had refused to let him in the locker room;
“The security guy was like,’Hey, where’s your credential. I said, ‘I don’t have a credential, but I’m a player and I’ve got an exemption.’ He said, ‘Well, I can’t let you in.’ I was like, ‘I’m a player, though.’
“Still wasn’t good enough for him, which shows just how good the security is around here !! I got a credential now so I’m all set.”
“The main difference is you’re playing against the best in the world, the depth is just crazy. Obviously, you’re playing for a purse, and honestly, I really don’t feel that much different out there.”
“You’re still playing the game of golf, and that’s all I’m really feeling at the moment.”
Actually the other Aussie Marc Leishman does not know Oliver;
“I haven’t had a whole lot to do with him, I spoke to him a little bit last week, actually, at the Travelers. We have a practice round lined up next week at the Greenbrier so I get to spend a bit more time with him there.”
“But who knows, we might have a tee time on the weekend.”
Patrick Reed has had his mind on other things recently, the birth of his baby daughter, and is looking forward to having wife Justine back on his bag;
“After our last win, we’ve been itching for our little girl to come see us, and now she’s finally here, so it’s been great. It’s been better for me probably than golf-wise, that’s for sure.”
“She’s going to come back, just whenever she feels more comfortable and whenever we feel like it’s the right time with the baby and everything.”
Justin Rose is at -3 under par for the tournament, shooting a second round -6 under par 65. He is sharpening up his game to take a tilt at another Major, The Open, at Royal Liverpool. The Claret Jug has been on display at Congressional Country Club this week;
“When you walk past a major championship trophy, you dream about what it would be like, and I’ve been lucky enough to feel it once. And your home open, for example, you see it, and it does sort of give you goosebumps. As a kid you dream about it so much, but now walking past it, you know it’s somewhat of a reality and you do have a chance to pick that thing up.”
“Obviously here to play good this week and that’s on the mind for sure. Today was obviously a great round of golf.”
Biggest news of the day was that Tiger Woods failed to make the cut, he followed his first round 74 with second round of 75, to finished at +7 over par for the tournament. He looked to be swinging well, I suppose he is just a little out of touch after that long lay-off.