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Aussies going low at Quicken Loans

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BETHESDA, Md. – Two Aussies topped the Quicken Loans National leaderboard midway through the second round. One is already a PGA Tour winner, the other is playing in his second tournament as a professional.

Marc Leishman, the veteran, and Oliver Goss, the rookie, shot matching 66s Friday at Congressional Country Club and are tied for the lead at 6 under par.

Not only are the two in the lead, their scorecards are eerily similar. Both shot 70 in the first round with four birdies and three bogeys. Both signed clean scorecards for 66 in the second round with five birdies.

“I’ve been hitting the ball pretty well for the last few months,” Leishman said. “Had a bit of a lean patch earlier in the week, but turning things around and feeling good over the ball. Try and keep this going, and see what happens on the weekend.”

Leishman, 30, has been fairly consistent this season on the PGA Tour. He began the year with a fifth-place finish at the Sony Open and then tied for second place at the Farmers Insurance Open. Back-to-back missed cuts at the Masters and the RBC Heritage was his only rough patch. Leishman tied for 11th place last week at the Travelers Championship, the tournament he won in 2012 for his lone Tour victory.

Goss, 20, was runner-up at last year’s U.S. Amateur and was the low amateur this year at the Masters. He missed the cut at the U.S. Open, turned professional, then missed the cut last week at the Travelers Championship.

“I didn’t really have too many expectations,” Goss said. “Missing the cut last week I was a little disappointed but coming into this week pretty appreciative and open-minded. That I’m atop the leaderboard, I couldn’t be more pleased.”