Watson remains in front, leads Travelers by 2

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With a leaderboard painted in red figures, a familiar name remains atop the standings at the Travelers Championship. Here's how things look at the halfway point at TPC River Highlands, where Bubba Watson leads by two:

Leaderboard: Bubba Watson (-11), Brian Harman (-9), Brian Stuard (-9), Carl Pettersson (-9), Scott Brown (-8), Chris Stroud (-8), Jason Gore (-8), Keegan Bradley (-7)

What it means: Watson took an early lead with an opening-round 62, and he maintained that two-shot advantage with a bogey-free 67 in the second round. He'll head into the weekend looking for his second Travelers win, and second win this season, while Pettersson, a five-time winner on Tour, headlines the chase pack.

Round of the day: Nick Watney played his way from the cut line into contention with a 6-under 64 in the second round. Watney carded three birdies on each side, including three in a five-hole stretch from Nos. 11-15, and completed his round without dropping a shot. At 7 under, he trails Watson by four shots entering the third round.

Best of the rest: Harman earned his first victory at last year's John Deere Classic, and he is again in contention after a 5-under 65. Harman made the turn in 1 under before carding four back-nine birdies, including circles on Nos. 16 and 17, to play his way into Saturday's final group.

Biggest disappointment: Several big names will miss the weekend, including a pair of contenders from last week's U.S. Open. Louis Oosthuizen missed the cut after consecutive rounds of 71, while fellow South African Branden Grace followed an opening-round 67 with a sloppy 77 that included a triple-bogey 8 on the 13th hole.

Main storyline heading into Saturday: The spotlight remains on Watson, who continues to look comfortable on a course where he has had great success in the past. Watson nearly won this event in both 2012 and 2013, and he now holds the pole position once more after dropping only one shot across his first 36 holes.

Shot of the day: Brown holed a 24-foot putt for birdie on No. 11, sparking a run of six straight birdies that rocketed him up the leaderboard despite a 3-over 38 on his front nine. 

Quote of the day: "When I hit a bad shot or a shot that went just off the fairway, I played smart." - Watson