Paul Casey is in position in Chicago to make his exclusion from the Ryder Cup look a huge mistake by Colin Montgomerie.
Casey, overlooked for a wild card despite being the world number nine, today repeated his opening 69 at the BMW Championship - third event of the FedEx Cup play-offs - and will go into the third round in a tie for fourth spot only two behind leaders Matt Kuchar and Charlie Wi.
The 33-year-old, joined on four-under-par by fellow Englishmen Ian Poulter and Luke Donald, has not shot higher than 72 in the past month and describes himself as "in a good place right now".
That was not the case two weeks ago when he realised he had not been picked by Montgomerie while playing with Padraig Harrington, who had been.
He said: "It's done and dusted. You've got to get over things pretty quickly - I got over it pretty quickly.
"I've had a lot of conversations, even the guys who have been picked by Corey [Pavin] and the guys who automatically qualified.
"I don't really want to sort of share what people's views are. I don't think that's right."
Casey has also spoken with European Tour chief executive George O'Grady and says he has been "relaying messages" with Montgomerie.
"Monty is a friend. He was in a very difficult position," he said.
Europe's captain had to leave out at least one of Casey, Harrington, Donald and Justin Rose after they all decided to stay in America rather than return for the climax to the qualifying race.
In the end he left out Casey and Rose to make room for in-form Italian Edoardo Molinari, who won the last counting event.
Poulter would have shared the lead but for two late bogeys in his 72, while Donald - joint second in the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday - birdied the last for a 70 that maintains his bid for the £6.5m jackpot in Atlanta in two weeks' time.
Kuchar, winner of the opening play-off event, is still in the driving seat, though, after it initially looked as if illness was going to cost him dear.
The American Ryder Cup newcomer, suffering from a virus, bogeyed four of his first six holes, but played the last seven in three under to be alongside Korean Wi.
Rose, meanwhile, had a 71 for three under and joint ninth, which makes it four English players in the top 10 at halfway.
Tiger Woods remains an also-ran after he improved only one shot on his opening 73, the same as Londoner Brian Davis, while Scot Martin Laird is one worse than that after another 73 and 21-year-old Ulsterman Rory McIlroy remains near the rear of the 70-strong field after rounds of 76 and 74.