Langley takes 36-hole lead at Travelers


Scott Langley followed up an opening-round 64 with a 65 Friday to take a one-shot lead into the weekend at the Travelers Championship. Here's what you need to know from Round 2 at TPC River Highlands:

Leaderboard: Scott Langley (-11); K.J. Choi (-10), Harris English (-10), Michael Putnam (-10); Eric Axley (-9), Ryan Moore (-9), Brendan Steele (-9)

What it means: Langley found himself in the final group on Sunday at the Memorial, but he quickly played his way out of the tournament with a 79 to finish 28th. The 25-year-old said after his round Friday that the mishap at Muirfield taught him a valuable lesson: “When I get in those situations, I need to keep my head down and just play golf,” he said. Langley has yet to win in 55 Tour starts and has placed in the top 10 only twice, including a third-place finish earlier this season at the Valspar Championship. In his only other start at the Travelers, in 2013, he missed the cut.

Round of the day: Michael Putnam fired a 7-under 63, carding eight birdies against just one bogey to move into a tie for second, just one behind Langley. The lone blemish came when he failed to get up and down at the par-4 10th and was followed with five birdies over his final eight holes.

Best of the rest: K.J. Choi posted 65-65 over his first two days to get one behind Langley heading into the weekend, while Harris English went 66-64 to do the same. Dustin Johnson is also hanging around at 8 under, as is Matt Kuchar at 7 under.

Biggest dissapointment: Overnight leader Brendan Steele followed up a career-low 62 with a 1-under 69 in Round 2. The good news is that he's still only two back of the lead. The bad news is that he missed an opportunity to pull further ahead with a solid round. As for other guys who went low Thursday and failed to get it going on Friday, Chad Campbell and Jeff Maggert both carded even-par 70s after a pair of 64s in Round 1. In similar (yet slightly worse) fashion, Joe Durant went 64-72 and Ken Duke 65-72 in a tournament that requires four days of low scores to stay in the hunt.

Shot of the day: Troy Merritt nearly made the second hole-in-one on a par 4 in PGA Tour history. His drive on the 279-yard par-4 15th finished just nine inches from the cup. The eagle helped Merritt shoot 66 after opening with a 71.

Story to watch over the weekend: Eric Axley didn't know he would even be playing in the Travelers until about an hour before his tee time Thursday afternoon. He started the week as the tournament's sixth alternate and now finds himself just two strokes out of the lead through two days at 9 under. Axley, who turned pro in 1997, has just one win on Tour, the 2006 Valero Texas Open, and is fighting to secure his card for the 2014-15 season.