CROMWELL, Conn. – Scott Langley is being careful not to get too far ahead of himself in the Travelers Championship. That’s the mistake he said he made three weeks ago at the Memorial Tournament when he shot a 79 in the final round to drop into a tie for 28th.
Winless in two seasons on the PGA Tour, the 25-year-old Langley took the second-round lead in the Travelers on Friday, after his opening 64 with a 65 to reach 11 under 129. He had eight birdies, a double bogey and a bogey in the second round at TPC River Highlands.
I’ve been in contention. I played in the final group on Sunday at Memorial, Langley said. This weekend, I’m not going to think about possibilities. I’m not going to think about what it means to win. I’m not going to think about any of that stuff. I’m just going to keep my head down and play my game.
Michael Putnam, Harris English and K.J. Choi were a stroke back. Putnam shot 63, matching the best round of the day. English had a 64, and Choi shot 65.
Langley was 11 under after 10 holes Friday, but an errant approach shot on the 342-yard, par-4 second hole led to a double bogey.
I was ticked off because it was such an easy mistake, a simple wedge shot, said Langley, trying to become the fifth straight first-time PGA Tour winner in the event.
Langley birdied the next hole.
I’ve given myself a lot of short birdie opportunities the first two days. Those are nice, Langley said. When you start adding up three, four and five almost tap-in birdies, that just really kind of boosts you up.
First-round leader Brendan Steele had a 69 and to top the group at 9 under. He made three bogeys on his first nine holes, but rallied with four straight birdies on Nos. 3-6.
Defending champion Ken Duke was 3 under after a 72. Masters champion Bubba Watson, the 2010 Travelers winner, followed his opening 67 with a 72 to make the cut by a stroke.
Defending champion Ken Duke was 3 under after a 72.
Erik Compton, the two-time heart transplant recipient who tied for second Sunday in the U.S. Open, missed the cut. He had a 69 in the second round to finish at 3 over.
CHAMPIONS: In Glenview, Ill., Tom Lehman birdied four straight holes and finished with a bogey-free 7-under 65 to take the first-round lead in the Champions Tour’s Encompass Championship.
Doug Garwood and England’s Roger Chapman were a stroke back at 66, and Mark O’Meara, Sandy Lyle, Jeff Sluman, Michael Allen, Bart Bryant, Kirk Triplett and John Inman shot 67.
EUROPEAN: In Cork, Ireland, Finland’s Mikko Ilonen opened a two-stroke lead in the Irish Open, while Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy missed the cut by a stroke.
Ilonen had a 3-under 68 to reach 10 under at Fota Island. Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell (66), England’s Robert Rock (66) and France’s Romain Wattel (65) were tied for second.
McIlroy followed his opening 74 with a 69.