Australian Cameron Smith is going strong in the PGA Tour event in San Antonio, Texas.

The golfer is just one shot off the lead with the event halfway gone. In the second round of the competition, he carded a seven under par 65 ahead of the weekend. He is behind joint leaders Tony Finau and Bud Cauley – who are both American golfers.

Finau has been in good form at the event, hitting long balls. He faltered in the last hole to share the spoils with Cauley. He was set to be the sole lead with his eagle at the par four 11th but he bogeyed the par five 18th, allowing Cauley to catch up. His seven under par 65 was still impressive at the end of the round. The leaders are eight under 136 while Smith and two others are a shot behind.

“It all fell into place. Everything I hit, whether it was a rubbish shot or a good shot, went close to the hole. My short game was really good. I think I had three chip-ins,” a satisfied Smith said.

Cauley was also happy to have gotten decent shots. He said: “I hit it a little better yesterday and didn’t quite convert on some of the putts. Today I putted really well. It was windy out there. I knew I was going to miss some greens and I was able to hit some good chips.”

After finishing third three times, Cauley has his eyes on the top spot. Jimmy Walker, the PGA Championship winner last year, is three strokes behind as the event gets heated up.