Defending champ Jacobson secures lead at Travelers
Defending champion Fredrik Jacobson is in a familiar spot at the Travelers Championship. For the second straight year, Jacobson had a 9-under-par...
CROMWELL, Conn. — Defending champion Fredrik Jacobson is in a familiar spot at the Travelers Championship.
For the second straight year, Jacobson had a 9-under-par 131 total for 36 holes, following his opening 65 with a 66 on Friday. And for the second consecutive year, bad weather pushed back the completion of the second round to Saturday.
The Swede wouldn't mind if history kept repeating itself. He's trying to join Phil Mickelson, the 2001 and 2002 winner, as the only players to successfully defend a title at River Highlands.
"Any tournament is tough to win," Jacobson said. "To win two in a row is probably tougher. But you know, you have the thing going for you that you have some good memories to draw from, so hopefully that allows a little bit to increase your chances."
Charley Hoffman opened with a par and birdied the next five holes to move within a stroke of the lead before rain suspended play for the day. Nathan Green also was 8 under when the horn blew at 3:19 p.m. He finished nine holes.
Jacobson played before the rain hit the course. He started on the back nine and followed up two birdies with an eagle on the 13th hole. He hit his second shot 240 yards over the water and onto the green, and made a 40-foot putt on the par 5.
Blake Adams had a 64, the best round of the day, to join Stuart Appleby and Roland Thatcher at 7 under. Appleby had a 65, and Thatcher shot a 67.
First-round leader David Mathis fell back to 3 under with a 73.
The threesome of U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson, Masters champ Bubba Watson and reigning PGA champion Keegan Bradley were a combined 2 under par Friday, after shooting a combined 10 under in the first round. Simpson was 5 under overall after a 69, Bradley 4 under after his second straight 68 and Watson 3 under after a 71.
Kyle Stanley (67) of Gig Harbor was 3 under, while Ryan Moore (67) of Puyallup and former Husky Richard H. Lee (67) were 1 under. Former Husky Troy Kelly shot a 66 but was 1 over. Michael Putnam of University Place was 7 over after one hole.
• South Korea's Inbee Park birdied her final two holes for a 7-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the inaugural Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in Waterloo, Ontario. The 2008 U.S. Women's Open champion had a 9-under 133 total at Grey Silo.
Former Husky Paige Mackenzie (72) was 4 over. Wendy Ward (76), who lives near Edwall, outside Spokane, was 6 over.
• Russ Cochran shot a 6-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Champions Tour's Montreal Championship in Sainte-Julie, Quebec.
Michael Allen, the tour leader with two victories, was tied for second with Jerry Pate, Canadian Rod Spittle and 2010 champion Larry Mize.
Kirk Triplett, a graduate of Pullman High School, shot a 69.
• Joel Sjoholm twice chipped in for eagle in shooting a 6-under 66 to lead by two strokes at the halfway mark of the BMW International Open in Pulheim, Germany.
• Ashlan Ramsey, 16, from Milledgeville, Ga., and Kyung Kim, 18, from Chandler, Ariz., advanced to the 36-hole final in the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links, each winning two matches in Neshanic Station, N.J.