Bryant saw a five-shot lead disappear in six holes as he struggled in the bunkers, but recovered with a 30-foot eagle putt for a 2-under 68 that left him tied with Goosen after two rounds.
Goosen hit only four fairways, but he managed to continue his mastery at East Lake with a 66 and gave himself a good chance at becoming the first repeat winner of the Tour Championship.
"I scrambled really well," Goosen said. "Four-under is as good as I could have played today."
They were at 10-under 130 and were three shots clear of Ben Crane (65), Scott Verplank (66) and Tiger Woods (67).
In other golf news:
* John Cook closed with four straight birdies for a 7-under 65 and shared the lead with five players at 10-under 134 in the PGA Tour's Southern Farm Bureau Classic at Madison, Miss.
* Annika Sorenstam opened with an 8-under 64 to finish the first round a stroke behind South Korea's Young Kim at the Mizuno Classic in Otsu, Japan.
* Hall of Famer Robin Yount is returning to Milwaukee as the bench coach for the Brewers, 12 years after he left the only team he played for.
* Former All-Star lefthander Ron Guidry rejoined the Yankees as the team's pitching coach and former Phillies pitching coach Joe Kerrigan joined the staff as bullpen coach.
* The White Sox bought out Frank Thomas for $3.5 million, making the best slugger in team history eligible for free agency.
* Bucky Dent was hired as bench coach of the Cincinnati Reds, making him the top assistant to close friend and manager Jerry Narron.
* The Dodgers and outfielder Jose Cruz Jr. agreed to 1-year contract worth $3.21 million.
* The Kixx agreed to terms with defenders Josh Rife and Clay Roberts for the 2005-06 season.
* Ex-Penn State women's basketball player Jennifer Harris was disliked and threatened because of her appearance, according to paperwork filed with a state civil rights agency against coach Rene Portland. Harris, who is not gay, left after last season and transferred to James Madison, claiming Portland mistreated her, thinking she was a lesbian. *