Round 2 at TPC River Highlands on Friday was exciting and unpredictable. Xander Schauffele, who finished his first round tied for third place at 7-under par, shot the same score again in the second round, carding back-to-back 63s. His two-round total of 126 matched the tournament record for low opening 36 holes, first set by Justin Rose in 2010. Schauffele was able to take sole possession of first place, five strokes in front of five golfers tied for second place at 9-under par.
Rory McIlroy raced out to a lead midway through the second round, reaching 13-under-par with six birdies over his first 11 holes. McIlroy shot a back-nine 39 to fall back to 8-under, in a tie for seventh.
The five golfers in second place were Kevin Kisner (64 in the second round), Cam Davis (66), defending champion Harris English (65), Patrick Cantlay (67) and Nick Hardy (64). Harris is hoping for a repeat of last year and become the tournament’s second back-to-back champion; Phil Mickelson won in 2001 and 2002.
Play resumes tomorrow at TPC River Highlands, with the first tee time at 7:55 a.m.
There are still tickets available for the tournament at TravelersChampionship.com.
36-Hole Cut: 71 players at 2-under 138 from a field of 154 professionals and two amateurs.
Xander Schauffele 63-63—126 (-14)
Patrick Cantlay 64-67—131 (-9)
Harris English 66-65—131 (-9)
Nick Hardy 67-64—131 (-9)
Cam Davis 65-66—131 (-9)
Kevin Kisner 67-64—131 (-9)
Things to Know
- Coming off a T14 at last week’s U.S. Open, Xander Schauffele makes big strides towards his sixth career PGA TOUR title and first individual stroke-play victory since the 2019 Sentry Tournament of Champions
- Patrick Cantlay, who partnered with Schauffele to win this season’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans, closes in on a seventh top-5 finish of the season
- Harris English aims to become the second player to successfully defend a Travelers Championship title (Phil Mickelson/2002) and fifth player to successfully defend a title in the 2021-22 season
- After making his professional debut at the 2018 Travelers Championship (T61), Nick Hardy seeks first career TOUR title in his 28th start
- Rory McIlroy takes a quadruple bogey (par-4 12th) for the sixth time in his PGA TOUR career and first since the 2021 PLAYERS Championship
- In search of a fifth TOUR victory this season, FedExCup leader and World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler enters the weekend nine strokes back
Second-Round Lead Notes
6 Second-round leaders/co-leaders at Travelers Championship to win since 2000: Jordan Spieth/2017, Bubba Watson/2015, Kenny Perry/2009, Hunter Mahan/2007, Peter Jacobsen/2003, Notah Begay III/2000
8 Second-round leaders/co-leaders to win individual stroke-play events on TOUR this season (most recent: Jon Rahm/Mexico Open at Vidanta)