Travelers Championship: Brian Harman grabs Round 2 lead with McIlroy, Watson lurking

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Brian Harman surged into the second-round lead Friday at the Travelers Championship after firing a 4-under 66 to get to 10 under.

Harman had seven birdies and three bogeys Friday, shooting even par on his front nine, but catching fire on his inward nine. Harman earned his second PGA Tour win last year, and is in Ryder Cup contention.

Zach Johnson, Russell Henley and Matt Jones finished Round 2 tied for second at 9 under. Johnson shot a bogey-free 2-under 68 Friday, but could have had one better when his birdie putt hung on the lip of the cup on the par-4 third hole. It eventually fell into the hole on its own, but his 10 seconds had passed, resulting in a par instead of a birdie.

Paul Casey, Bryson DeChambeau and Beau Hossler are at 8 under. DeChambeau has been this season’s breakout player and a win this week would almost certainly earn him a spot on the Ryder Cup team this fall.

Bubba Watson and Rory McIlroy are hanging in contention at 7 under. Watson shot a 7-under 63 Friday, while McIlroy settled for a 1-under 69.

“I feel like I left a few out there,” McIlroy said after his round. “I didn’t hit the ball as good as I did yesterday. Still hit it okay, but I hit — I felt like I had a lot of good putts that just didn’t go in. I started them online, did everything I needed to do, and it’s just one of those days where they were sliding by the edges.

“I think over the weekend, if I just keep giving myself chances, hit a few more fairways over the weekend than I did today, and if I can keep doing that and keep giving myself chances, hopefully I’ll be able to move.”

Two-time reigning U.S. Open winner Brooks Kopeka just made the cut at 3 under.

Masters champion Patrick Reed missed the cut by one shot at 1 under.