Gainey leads by 3 in Greensboro

Tommy Gainey carded a five-under 65 Friday to move three strokes clear of the field after two rounds of the Wyndham Championship.

Gainey finished 36 holes at 12-under-par 128. A two-time winner on the Nationwide Tour, Gainey is still searching for his first PGA Tour victory.

With the FedExCup Playoffs starting next week, this is the final event for players to get their spot in the Playoffs.

One of those on the outside looking in right now is Ernie Els, ranked No. 126 on the points list where only the top 125 get in.

The South African carded a four-under 66 Friday and is tied for second place at minus-nine at Sedgefield Country Club with Stuart Appleby (67), Webb Simpson (65) and Daniel Summerhays (65), who is No. 178.

Retief Goosen posted a five-under 65 Friday to move into a share of sixth place at eight-under-par 132. He was joined there by reigning FedExCup champion Jim Furyk (67), Paul Casey (67) and Alexandre Rocha (66). Both Casey (No. 147) and Rocha (No. 205) need big weeks to get into the Playoffs.

Jeff Quinney, who shared the first-round lead with Gainey, managed an even-par 70. He tumbled into a share of 10th place at seven-under-par 133.

Among those that missed the cut and will therefore miss the Playoffs were Boo Weekley, Angel Cabrera, Paul Stankowski, Rocco Mediate, Chris Riley and Henrik Stenson as well as former major champions Ben Curtis, Shaun Micheel, Todd Hamilton and Rich Beem.

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