Rickie Fowler has not won anywhere in the world since early last year, but he is just one shot back midway through the Honda Classic.
Fowler shot a second straight four-under 66 on Friday to get to eight under for the tournament, one shot behind leaders Ryan Palmer and Wesley Bryan.
Palmer stormed into the lead early in round two after posting a bogey-free four-under 31 on his back nine (the front nine).
Palmer is still playing with a heavy heart after learning his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer in July, and underwent surgery weeks later.
He did not play on the Tour from the BMW Championship in September until the Sony Open in January.
Bryan, who finished tied for fourth last week, shot a three-under 67 Friday to tie Palmer atop the leaderboard.
Anirban Lahiri is currently in fourth at seven under after a two-under 68.
European Tour standouts Martin Kaymer - a two-time major champion - and Tyrrell Hatton are at five under.
Hatton, who burst onto the scene last year in Europe, shot a three-under 67 Friday.
Kaymer struggled a bit in round two, firing an even-par 70, after shooting a five-under 65 to start.
Former Honda Classic winners Luke Donald and Russell Henley are still in contention at four under.
Defending champion Adam Scott finished his rollercoaster second round with three birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey in his last six holes. He is at three under, six shots back.
Notables such as Danny Willett, Thomas Pieters, Daniel Berger, Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas missed the cut.
Thomas has now missed two of his last three cuts after winning twice in Hawaii to start the year.