Goosen leads after tough round

South African Retief Goosen holed a birdie on the final hole of the Northern Trust Open second round to take a narrow one-shot lead.

Goosen carded a one-under 70, to take his overall score to six-under after shooting a 66 in Friday’s opening round.

The two-time US Open winner has not won a tournament since the 2009 Africa Open and was happy head into the weekend at the summit of the leaderboard.

“It’s been such a long time since I’ve last been in contention. Who knows how my game is going to hold up?” he told Associated Press.

“But I’m feeling good. My back is feeling great. So if the nerves can hold, just continue to make good golf swings and make a few good putts, who knows?”

Starting on the back nine, Goosen bogeyed his first hole and went on to two birdies and another bogey before finishing off with a birdie on the ninth.

He said that the round reminded him of the his US Open wins in some ways.

“I was working hard out there, keeping my score together and hopefully, this weekend it’s going to be the same,” he said. “It’s going to be a grind out there.”

Americans Ryan Moore and Justin Thomas and Canadian Graeme deLaet trail Goosen on five-under after carding 68, 69 and 67 respectively.

DeLaet’s and Hunter Mahan, who also carded a 67, were the only players to dip below 68 in the second round and many didn’t manage to break par.

A handful of players did not manage to finish on Saturday after the round was suspended due to the fall of darkness.