Langley leads by one at Travelers
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[June 21, 2014]
(Reuters) - Scott Langley, in his
second year on the PGA Tour, shot a five-under-par 65 to take the
halfway lead at the Travelers Championship in Connecticut on Friday.
The left-hander overcame a double bogey to post an 11-under 129
total, one stroke ahead of fellow Americans Harris English and
Michael Putnam and South Korean K.J. Choi on a crowded leaderboard
after the second round.
Putnam’s 63 was the best round of the day at the TPC River Highlands
in Cromwell, which has hosted the PGA Tour event formerly known as
the Greater Hartford Open since 1984.
Langley is determined to avoid a repeat of his final round meltdown
less than three weeks ago at the Memorial tournament, where he shot
a closing 79 after starting the day in second place.
“There was a lot going on (at the Memorial) and I probably didn’t
handle it as well as I could have but I learned a lot from it,” the
25-year-old told PGATour.com.
“Going into this weekend, I’m not going to talk about what it would
mean to win. I need to keep my head down and just play golf.”
Langley reeled off eight birdies, a bogey and a double bogey in
ideal morning conditions.
“I really only made one mistake,” he said, referring to his double
bogey at the par-four second, his 11th hole, where he took four
strokes from just off the green.
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“My iron play has been really solid, giving myself a lot of short
putts for birdie. I had really good tempo, which led to consistency
with my ball-striking.
“The name of the game out here is putting (and) I putted quite
Nine strokes separated the 77 players who made the cut. In an event
lacking much star power, a couple of proven winners were within
striking distance, notably Dustin Johnson, three strokes behind,
while Matt Kuchar trailed by four.
(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina, editing by Gene
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