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Day two of the 2023 Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands brought with it more drama after an action-packed first day in Connecticut. The designated event is taking place just a week after the US Open, which usually makes for a dull spectacle after the excitement of a major championship, however, that certainly isn’t the case this week.
Day two saw the top of the leaderboard take shape and we now have a better idea of who will be in contention on Sunday and who won’t. We also saw half the field disappear with a whole host of big names missing the cut line, which ended up standing at -4 – one of the highest cut lines of the season so far.
Travelers Championship Leaderboard – Day two
|T-1||Denny McCarthy (USA)||-15 (65)|
|T-1||Keegan Bradley (USA)||-15 (63)|
|3||Chez Reavie (USA)||-13 (63)|
|4||Eric Cole (USA)||-11 (65)|
|T- 5||Zac Blair (USA)||-10 (65)|
|T-5||Adam Scott (AUS)||-10 (68)|
|7||Min Woo Lee||-9 (65)|
Round two highlights
Denny McCarthy raced into a first-round lead on day one after a sensational round of 60 but not many people expected him to keep that form up on day two considering he is someone who is currently winless on the PGA Tour. However, the 30-year-old was excellent once again on day two and shot a round of 65 to take the co-lead at the halfway point of the tournament.
Alongside him at the top of the leaderboard is Keegan Bradley. The 37-year-old has been in the wilderness somewhat in recent years but has enjoyed a return to form this season and has four top-ten finishes to his name. With five PGA tour victories in the bank, he may well be better placed than McCarthy to kick on take control of the tournament over the weekend.
Regardless, both men have performed exceptionally across the first two days of the tournament and are now in the history books as the 36-hole course record holders.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 23, 2023
McIlroy plays himself into contention
Despite only shooting a round of 68 on day one, Rory McIlroy still had a memorable day as he sunk his first-ever PGA Tour hole-in-one. The energy that instilled in him seems to have had a positive impact on the Nothern Irishman as his overall game was far better on day two and he has flown up the leaderboard thanks to a round of 64.
It could have been even better too, but a double bogey on the eighth hole (his 17th) scuppered his hopes of ending the day inside the top five. Ironically, the eighth is also the hole that the world number three aced yesterday meaning over two days he has played it to par.
Scheffler’s putter lets him down again
Scottie Scheffler was at his best on day one of the tournament, carding a bogey-less round of 63. However, on day two his putting issues returned much to the 26-year-old’s dismay. The result was an even-par round of 70 which leaves him outside the top 20, eight shots adrift of the two leaders.
Scheffler only found two birdies on day two, which were given back with bogeys on the 5th and 15th. He now has work to do to keep his incredible stretch of form going – he hasn’t finished outside the top 12 in any tournament since October.
Jon Rahm misses the cut
If Scottie Scheffler was disappointed on Friday then world number two, Jon Rahm, was furious. The Spaniard, who won the Masters just two months ago, won’t be around this weekend after he missed the cut following two rounds of 67 and 71.
It is the first time that Rahm has missed a cut all season and his form since the Masters may concern him slightly. With three weeks to go until the final major of the year, he will be desperate to regain a bit of confidence before heading to Royal Liverpool.
Jon Rahm’s last missed cut was 644 days ago.
— Patrick McDonald (@AmateurStatus) June 23, 2023
Travelers Championship odds after day two
- Denny McCarthy – 9/4
- Keegan Bradley – 9/4
- Chez Reavie – 10/1
- Rory McIlroy – 20/1
- Adam Scott – 22/1
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