Watson holds on to two-shot lead

Bubba Watson’s strong showing at the Travelers Championship continued as he carded a three-under par 67 to keep hold of a two-shot lead at the halfway stage of the tournament.

Watson, whose first PGA Tour victory came at this event in 2010, was unable to match his career-equaling low of 62 on Thursday as he took a more cautious approach due to the blustery conditions.

However, he still produced a fairly quiet, but solid round. While the 36-year-old only made three birdies – on the 14th, third and seventh – he was pleased have gone bogey-free.

“Yesterday the wind was favourable for good scoring, today tougher pins and more wind so it makes it tougher to get the ball close,” he told the PGA Tour website.

“Some of the holes were playing a little bit longer because of the wind which was in a different direction so it made the golf course a little tougher.

“But obviously when you’re playing good you’re thinking you can still score in the tougher conditions.”

Crucial to Watson’s resurgence this week is his putting. He’s taken just 53 putts through two rounds – fourth in the field.

“It’s just my mind right now,” he added. “Over the putts, I’m thinking well.”

“These greens are perfect. They’re running so smoothly.”

A trio of golfers – Brian Harman, Brian Stuard and Carl Pettersen – all sit two strokes behind Watson after they hit second-round 65, 67 and 66s respectively.

Harman seemed to thrive in the windy conditions at TPC River Highlands as he made six birdies and one bogey during his round, while Stuard recorded five birdies and two bogeys. Pettersen, who hails from Sweden, registered six birdies, including three in a row from the fourth to the sixth hole, and two bogeys.

One stroke behind them is the trio of Scott Brown, Jason Gore and Chris Stroud, while Nick Watney surged up the leaderboard into a tie of eighth after he carded a six-under par 64, the best round of the day.

Defending champion Kevin Streelman missed the cut as he followed up his first-round 69 with a 70, which included three birdies and the same number of bogeys.

South African Branden Grace was another to miss the cut after he slumped to a second-round 77. Grace’s compatriots Louis Oosthuizen and Ernie Els also failed to make the weekend’s running.