Scottie Scheffler had to sit and watch from the sidelines as the 104th PGA Championship played out last weekend.
The Masters champion and World No.1 had suffered a surprising off week and missed the cut.
But in Forth Worth this weekend normal service has been resumed.
Texas native Scheffler is in familiar position again after firing a bogey-free 5-under 65 on Friday to tie for the halfway lead on 9-under with fellow Americans Beau Hossler and Scott Stallings.
Another Texan, Patrick Reed, is a shot back in solo fourth while Pat Perez and Chris Kirk complete an all-American top six on 7-under.
The home theme continues a little further down with local resident Jordan Spieth four shots back on 5-under.
It seems last week's exertions have taken a toll. PGA winner Thomas could only add a 2-over 72 to his opening 71 and missed the cut on 3-over while runner-up Zalatoris (71-72) also took two swings too many.
For the 69 players who made the cut - including Collin Morikawa on the number at 1-over - winds are expected to pick up this weekend after calm conditions on day two.
Latest reports say it could gust up to 30mph.
Scheffler has yet to post a bogey so far. He's the only player not to have dropped a shot.
Scheffler has converted just one of his previous four 36-hole leads. That was at last month's Masters.
Scheffler ranks 9th for Strokes Gained: Off The Tee, 3rd for Approach, 29th Around The Green, 27th for Putting and 2nd Tee To Green.
By crashing out, Thomas ended the longest active streak of cuts on the PGA Tour at 21. Jon Rahm (11) now leads that category.
Thomas is the third consecutive PGA Championship winner to miss the cut on his next start.
Of the eight 18-hole co-leaders, six remain in the top 10: Hossler (T1), Scheffler (T1), Reed (4th) Kirk (T5), Cam Davis (T7), Harold Varner III (T7), Webb Simpson (T12) and Nick Taylor (T23)
Scottie Scheffler (65, -9)
"I think I drove it really well, hit a ton of fairways, and if I missed a fairway I didn't miss it by more than a yard I think pretty much the whole day. So that out here on this golf course is very important.
"I may not have hit way more fairways than I did yesterday, but today I drove the ball 10 times better than I did yesterday.
"I kept the stress off myself for the most part. My lag putting was really good, and really the only long par putt I made was on No.7, and outside of that, I really didn't put much stress on myself, which is good."
Beau Hossler (65, -9)
"Played a solid round. Nothing too exciting like yesterday, but hit a lot of greens, probably hit 15 or 16 greens, and just made the round relatively stress free.
"I was just kind of taking what the course gave me, put the ball in play a fair amount and got some really good looks and made a few putts. That's kind of all you can do."
Scott Stallings (64, -9)
"Had some good looks early, had some eight-, 10-, 15-footers skirting the edge, lip-outs here and there. I felt good on the greens, felt good with my stroke, and nice to see them fall in there towards the second half of the round."
Patrick Reed (66, -8)
"Honestly I feel like my ball-striking is where it's supposed to be. I feel like I have a little bit more control on knowing how the ball is going to react, whether it's a full swing or taking off some speed, and I think that's going to be crucial this weekend, especially if the wind is supposed to blow.
"I feel like now we're back to where we're supposed to be, back to the kind of golf I normally play, now just need the numbers to keep on producing."
Jordan Spieth (66, -5)
"I thought both rounds tee to green were almost identical. Still not very tight. Not as tight as I've been this year with the ball-striking. Glad I've got a nice afternoon right now to be able to work on it.
"But I didn't do anything different. I just tried to believe that the putts would go in. Today my 4-under today is probably equivalent to my 1-under yesterday. I hit it worse today and just made some more putts. But there wasn't a breath of wind out there."
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