The native South African shot 6-under 65 in the second round, with four birdies in his first five holes. He is 12-under 130 through 36 holes.
"The last two years, I haven't been where I think I should be," Els told The State about his game recently. "At times, I've been so frustrated that I didn't really want to talk to anybody. That's just the game -- sometimes it drives you a little crazy."
First-round leader Jerry Kelly shot 1-under 70 Friday, and is second at 9-under 133.
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