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Goydos moves into three-stroke Texas lead

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  • Paul Goydos leads by three strokes after the second round of the Texas Open
  • Goydos cards six birdies for five-under-par 65 to get to 12-under after 36 holes
  • Joint first round leader Justin Leonard among quintet to share second position
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(CNN) -- Paul Goydos pulled ahead of overnight co-leader Justin Leonard to move into a three-stroke lead at the halfway point of the Valero Texas Open.

Goydos posted six birdies to hold a three-stroke lead after 36 holes of the Texas Open.

Goydos posted six birdies to hold a three-stroke lead after 36 holes of the Texas Open.

The American had begun the day tied on seven-under-par with former Open champion Leonard, a Texas native, who started early at the par-70, 6,896-yard Resort Course at La Cantera and followed his first-round 63 with a two-under 68 to move to nine-under.

Goydos set off in pursuit later in the day and got off to a bad start with a bogey on his first hole at the par-four 10th.

But it was to be the only blemish on his card as the 2008 Players Championship runner-up knocked off six birdies for a five-under 65 to get to 12- under-par.

"Another good day," Goydos told reporters afterwards. "Really only had one mediocre shot all day, and that was on the first hole. I made bogey, and after that I played reasonably well."

Mathias Gronberg led a Swedish charge in San Antonio, opening the day on four-under and going one better with a second-round 65 to take a share of the clubhouse lead with Leonard on nine-under.

American Ted Purdy improved by three strokes with a 67 while his compatriots John Mallinger, with a 64, and Scott Sterling, who posted a 63, made it a five-way tie overnight for second place.

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