Second Round – PGA TOUR– Travelers Championship – TPC River Highlands – Cromwell, Connecticut —
Four players headline a bunched leader board at the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship.
Daniel Berger, Russell Henley, Marc Leishman and Tyrone van Aswegen sit 7-under through two rounds although some 40 plus golfers are within four of the leaders at TPC River Highlands.
Berger, who made it to the TOUR Championship in his rookie PGA Tour season last year, opened as a 40-to-1 betting pick at www.golfodds.com to start the week. He will be among the favorites moving into the weekend. He won the FedEx Cup St. Jude Classic in June for his maiden PGA Tour title.
The group at 6-under and a shot back includes Robert Garrigus, Jerry Kelly, Patrick Rodgers and Russell Knox, who won a World Golf Championship last November at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China.
Leishman is a champion in that mix — he last won in December on the European Tour at the Nedbank Golf Challenge.
World No. 10 Branden Grace failed to the make weekend cut alongside several European stars Luke Donald and Shane Lowry. J.B. Holmes, 19th in the world, also missed the cut.
Look for Moving Day to shape the leader board with several high-profile players within striking distance including Matt Kuchar (T-16 at 4-under) and defending champion Bubba Watson, who sits just four back.
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