With seven rounds of 63 or better recorded on day two scoring was again hot, the best coming from Ryan Moore who, after two early bogies, bounced back for a round of 61. Moore played his last 15 holes in 13 under par.
For each of the leading trio their starts in the event represent a significant improvement on previous tournaments at these venues.
University of Georgia graduate Harris English again displayed the talent he possesses by making his second cut in two starts on the PGA Tour after gaining his card at last year's Tour School. Harris won on the Nationwide Tour as an amateur last year.
The leading Australian is John Senden who is currently in a share of 14th position despite a round of 64 at the Nicklaus layout at PGA West in La Quinta.
Jarrod Lyle is the next best of the Australians in 31st position but with the cut likely to fall around the 7 under mark then the other Australasians in the field will need something solid tomorrow if they are to make it to Sunday.
Danny Lee, Matthew Goggin and Nick O'Hern are the next best after Lyle in 62nd position at 6 under.
The tournament will complete its opening three rounds before the cut is made tomorrow at which point the event returns to the host course, the Palmer Course at PGA West.