Daniel Nisbet doesn't want to talk about the past.
The details are a click away, he said. He's not going to offer many more thoughts on his forced time away from competitive golf.
The Aussie, in the United States for a summer of playing some top amateur events, wants to focus on his golf now, thanks, with the goal of eventually playing professionally. Everything else is for the search engines.
Nisbet fired a 66 Friday on Berkeley Hall's South Course and, at 9-under par, enjoys a three-shot lead over Florida State's Daniel Berger at the halfway point of the Players Amateur.
Nisbet made eight birdies and two bogeys on a course several said was set up tougher than Thursday, with tricky pins forcing players to think about which side they wanted to avoid.
First-round leader Bobby Wyatt shot a 1-over 73 and is four shots back. California golfer Michael Weaver shot 70 Friday to join Wyatt at 5 under.
They'll chase Nisbet to start the third round. The top-ranked amateur in Golf Australia's Australian Amateur ranking has climbed to No. 40 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. He has several more stops in the States, including next month's U.S. Amateur.
Nisbet has worked to rebuild his golf resume after serving an 18-month suspension from competitive golf. In August 2009, Australian customs found Nisbet in possession of a product containing an anabolic steroid, according to an Associated Press report. The suspension was delivered by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency, which found that Nisbet was not using the product to cheat at golf, that there was no evidence he took the steroid and that he cooperated with the investigation.
Nisbet kept his game sharp away from tournament golf while working and studying, and returned in May 2011 with a strong finish.
"So I knew it was still there," Nisbet said. "It's just been (about) progressing and keep getting towards my goal, which is the pro tour."
He hopes to add his name to a list of Players Am champions that includes several noteworthy professionals. But 36 holes remain.
Wyatt, who led after a first-round 66, said he was OK after sliding Friday. He made an eagle on the par-5 17th, chasing a 3-iron from 248 yards, to help salvage his round.
"I'm in a good position with 36 holes to play," Wyatt said. "That's all I can ask for. It was definitely a struggle there."
Berger, who followed his opening 67 with a 71 and is 6 under, said pins required more thought Friday. His goal was to not shoot himself out of the tournament, and after a double bogey on the par-5 12th, he closed with three birdies over his final six holes.
"I'm proud of myself for hanging in there," Berger said.
Weaver also held his round together after making the turn in 33. He salvaged a bogey after driving in the water on No. 12, and on the par-4 18th, he rolled in a long par putt to remain 5 under for the tournament.
"Today, you really had to think your way around the course a little bit and be alert out there," Weaver said. "... If you had told me 70 at the beginning of the day, I'd have been pleased with that for sure."
The Players Amateur
At Bluffton, Berkeley Hall Golf Club, South Course, par 72
Daniel Nisbet 69-66-135
Daniel Berger 67-71-138
Bobby Wyatt 66-73-139
Michael Weaver 69-70-139
Blayne Barber 69-71-140
Ben Campbell 71-69-140
Anders Albertson 71-70-141
Matthew NeSmith 70-73-143
Ryan McCarthy 71-72-143
Cody Proveaux 73-70-143
Brinson Paolini 73-70-143
Keith Mitchell 73-70-143
Sean Dale 71-72-143
Andrew Mason 69-75-144
Brett Drewitt 72-72-144
Austin Cody 72-72-144
Justin Shin 72-72-144
Richard Lamb 73-71-144
Andrew Yun 76-69-145
Geoffrey Drakeford 73-72-145
AJ Crouch 73-72-145
Kramer Hickok 71-74-145
Tucker Wadkins 74-71-145
Bo Andrews 72-74-146
Anthony Paolucci 73-73-146
Max Homa 72-74-146
Rory Bourke 76-70-146
JD Tomlinson 73-73-146
Zander Lombard 73-74-147
Michael Hebert 73-74-147
Carlton Forrester 74-73-147
Dominic Bozzelli 71-76-147
Jake Higginbottom 73-75-148
Cameron Smith 72-76-148
Ryan Heisey 74-74-148
James White 72-76-148
Matthew Stieger 75-73-148
Jeffrey Kang 78-70-148
Ji Soo Park 74-74-148
Tyler McCumber 76-72-148
Oliver Schniederjans 70-78-148
Zachary Herr 77-72-149
Ben Kohles 73-76-149
Ben Fogler 74-75-149
Oliver Goss 73-76-149
Cory Whitsett 70-79-149
Minghao Wang 72-77-149
Curtis Thompson 74-76-150
Luke McClellan 75-75-150
Richy Werenski 76-74-150
John Voetsch 77-73-150
Michael Johnson 76-74-150
Bobby Hudson 73-77-150
Crawford Reeves 76-75-151
Michael Balzer 75-76-151
Rob Simmons 75-77-152
Mitch Gray 75-78-153
T.J. Mitchell 74-79-153
Chase Parker 76-77-153
Hunter Stewart 74-79-153
Anthony Murdaca 79-74-153
Cody Martin 73-80-153
Mills Rendell 75-78-153
Michael Cromie 78-75-153
Mathew Perry 75-78-153
Patrick Grimes 75-79-154
Shane Lebow 74-80-154
Todd Sinnott 73-81-154
Nick Sherwood 80-74-154
Nick Gilliam 79-76-155
Matt Cheng 80-76-156
Billy Kennerly 77-79-156
Fraser Wilkin 79-77-156
Nathan Holman 78-80-158
Daniel Hendry 77-81-158
Marcel Puyat 81-78-159
Zachary Olsen 79-81-160
Conrad Ray 80-80-160
Steven Kearney 84-82-166
Rick LaRose 90-85-175
Peter Mathison 90-91-181
Third round pairings
7:15 a.m.: Steven Kearny, Rick LaRose, Peter Mathison
7:25 a.m.: Marcel Puyat, Zachary Olsen, Conrad Ray
7:35 a.m.: Matt Cheng, Nathan Holman, Daniel Hendry
7:45 a.m.: Nick Gilliam, Billy Kennerly, Fraser Wilkin
7:55 a.m.: Nick Sherwood, Patrick Grimes, Shane Lebow
8:05 a.m.: Mitch Gray, T.J. Mitchell, Todd Sinnott
8:15 a.m.: Mathew Perry, Cody Martin, Hunter Stewart
8:25 a.m.: Mills Rendell, Chase Parker, Michael Cromie
8:35 a.m.: Crawford Reeves, Rob SImmons, Anthony Murdaca
8:45 a.m.: Curtis Thompson, Bobby Hudson, Michael Balzer
8:55 a.m.: Richy Werenski, Michael Johnson, Luke McClellan
9:05 a.m.: Cory Whitsett, Minghao Wang, John Voetsch
9:15 a.m.: Ben Fogler, Oliver Goss, Ben Kohles
9:25 a.m.: Oliver Schniederjans, Ji Soo Park, Zachary Herr
9:35 a.m.: Cameron Smith, Jake Higginbottom, Matthew Stieger
9:45 a.m.: Tyler McCumber, James White, Ryan Heisey
9:55 a.m.: Zander Lombard, Michael Hebert, Jeffrey Kang
10:05 a.m.: Rory Bourke, Dominic Bozzelli, Carlton Forrester
10:15 a.m.: Anthony Paolucci, JD Tomlinson, Max Homa
10:25 a.m.: Kramer Hickok, Andrew Yun, Bo Andrews
10:35 a.m.: Tucker Wadkins, Geoffrey Drakeford, AJ Crouch
10:45 a.m.: Austin Cody, Andrew Mason, Justin Shin
10:55 a.m.: Matthew NeSmith, Bradd Drewitt, Richard Lamb
11:05 a.m.: Keith Mitchell, Brinson Paolini, Cody Proveaux
11:15 a.m.: Anders Albertson, Ryan McCarthy, Sean Dale
11:25 a.m. Bobby Wyatt, Blayne Barber, Ben Campbell
11:35 a.m.: Daniel Nisbet, Daniel Berger, Michael Weaver