Rotorua's Danny Lee is four strokes off the pace at the halfway stage of the latest PGA Tour event in Connecticut.
After a first round 66, Lee shot a second round, three under par 67 to be tied for eighth place, four strokes behind the American leader Bubba Watson.
Hamilton's Steven Alker just scraped past the cut mark of two under par after rounds of 70 and 68, while Manawatu's Tim Wilkinson missed the cut by three strokes with rounds of 71 and 70.
Watson wasn't fazed by strong winds and trickier pin positions as he produced an error-free second day to earn his two-shot lead.
The two-time Masters champion followed his nine-birdie one-bogie opening round 62 with a flawless three-under 67 at the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell.
At 11-under for the tournament, Watson holds a two-shot lead over Swede Carl Pettersson (66) and Americans Brian Harman (65) and Brian Stuard (67).
"Yesterday the wind was favorable for good scoring. Today tougher pins and more wind, so it makes it tougher to get the ball close," said Watson, who at number five is the highest-ranked player in the field.