New father Langley in contention at


NAPA, Calif. – Sleep deprivation seems to suit Scott Langley just fine.

Weeks after he and his wife welcomed their first child, Langley shot a 6-under 66 in the second round of the Open, and as a result he will head into the weekend two shots off the pace as he looks to win for the first time.

“I felt like yesterday, to be honest, was a little bit of a rust-knocking-off day competitively,” said Langley, who found 14 of 18 greens in regulation Friday. “I haven’t played a round in over five weeks, so it was nice to get back and get inside the ropes and get the blood pumping again. And today was just an extension of that.” Open: Articles, videos and photos

An NCAA individual champion in 2010 while at Illinois, Langley’s best career PGA Tour finish came earlier this year at the Valspar Championship, where he finished third. He finds himself in the same position at the halfway point this week at Silverado Resort & Spa, as he looks to chase down leader Martin Laird.

Langley’s wife, Kristy, gave birth to the couple’s daughter, Kennedy, on Sept. 16. While mom and baby are at home this week for the season-opening event, Langley says the adjustment to parenthood has been a welcome one thus far.

“It’s great, we’re really happy. Our little girl is super healthy and she’s doing great,” he said. “In an ideal world we would be together and spending time, but I appreciate my opportunity to be on the PGA Tour, and I felt like I really wanted to come back and play this week. So I had to make sure I made it count.”