Defending champion Fredrik Jacobson of Sweden fired a four-under par 66 to seize a one-stroke lead in Friday’s storm-halted second round of the US PGA Travelers Championship.
Despite closing with a bogey, Jacobson was the clubhouse leader after 36 holes at nine-under 131 in the US$6 million event at TPC River Highlands.
Jacobson could match Phil Mickelson from 2001 and 2002 as the only players to defend a title in the event’s 60-year history.
Australian Nathan Green and US player Charley Hoffman were on the course at eight-under par when storms halted play with 77 players yet to finish their second round.
Green birdied five of the last seven holes on the front nine, but has yet to finish the back nine. Hoffman, who began on the back nine and has 12 holes to play, had birdied five holes in a row when play was stopped.
Play was due to resume this morning with the third round played in threesomes off both the first and 10th tees.
Jacobson, who began off the 10th tee, birdied the 11th and 12th and eagled the par-5 13th before stumbling with a bogey at the 14th. He added a birdie at the first hole and another at the par-5 sixth before a bogey at the ninth.
Three players were in the clubhouse on 133, including Australian Stuart Appleby after a second-round 65 and US players Blake Adams and Roland Thatcher.
Appleby, who has missed eight cuts in 13 starts this season, fired seven birdies in his low round of the year.
“I’m thinking better. I’m getting better,” Appleby said. “I wasn’t hitting it any good and I wasn’t thinking any good and I was just really finding it hard.”
US player Joe Ogilvie withdrew with a back injury after a hospital MRI exam following his first round on Thursday discovered a ruptured disk in his back. He said he might not be able to return until next season.