Goss shares lead with 3 others at Congressional

Oliver Goss during the second round of the Quicken Loans National.
Oliver Goss during the second round of the Quicken Loans National. ( Getty Images )

Friday, June 27, 2014

After missing the cut in his pro debut at last week's Travelers Championship, Oliver Goss understandably didn't have big expectations for his second pro start, at the Quicken Loans National.

"Obviously I wanted to make the cut," Goss said.

Those expectations have been raised now that Goss finds himself tied atop the leaderboard at Congressional. The 20-year-old former Tennessee standout carded a second-round 5-under 66 Friday and is 6 under along with fellow Australian Marc Leishman, Patrick Reed and Ricky Barnes.

"Second week as a pro, see your name atop the board, (that) gave me some confidence," said Goss, who was low amateur at this year's Masters.

Goss hit just four fairways Friday, but found 14 greens and recorded 27 putts – the latter stat was especially pleasing for Goss, who has been struggling with the flatstick.

"Everyone's told me that I only hit four fairways today, but I wasn't counting," Goss said. "That was a really crazy stat."

Even crazier is Goss sharing the 36-hole lead considering he had trouble getting into the clubhouse earlier this week.

"I tried to get in the clubhouse," Goss said, "and the security guy was like, 'Hey, where's your credential?' I said, 'I don't have a credential, but I'm a player and I've got an exemption.' He said, 'Well, I can't let you in.' I was like, 'I'm a player, though.' Still wasn't good enough for him, which shows just how good the security is around here."

Goss eventually found another door.

"I just had to walk around the other side of the clubhouse," Goss said. "I got a credential now, so I'm all set."

And if he keeps up his stellar play, he might have more than a credential to take home with him.