(WLTX) --- After a sizzling 8-under 62 on the 4th of July, Tommy Gainey struggled to find his game from tee to green on Friday and ended up with a 1-over par 71 after Friday's second round.
The Bishopville native started the round on the 10th and the back nine saw him make the turn at minus-2 for the round.
However, the second nine was unkind to Gainey as three bogeys, including one on his last hole - the par 4 9th - left him at 7-under for the tournament.
Gainey can take solace in the fact that he made several key par-saving putts and in spite of hitting it "horrible", his 71 did not ruin his chances of a top five finish or higher.
Matt Every leads the tournament at 9-under with five golfers one shot back. Gainey is in a group of four golfers who are two shots back of Every.
Gainey has just one top 10 finish on the season, a tie for sixth in the season opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Kapalua, Hawaii.
There was a stretch this season when Gainey missed nine of 10 cuts.
But the past two events has seen Two Gloves make some moves. A tie for 18th at the Travelers Championship near Hartford, Conn. was followed by a tie for 72nd at the AT&T National near Washington, D.C.
That T72 may not seem that impressive but that tournament was held at Congressional Country Club which has still retained some of the U.S. Open characteristics from 2011, so making the cut on a tough course was further proof Gainey was making progress.
As he heads into the weekend, all signs point to a shootout with anyone within three of four shots of the lead capable of going low and snagging the trophy.
Gainey hopes he is the one who will take the winner's trophy back to Lee County.
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