Friday at the Travelers Championship was plagued by rain and storms, suspending action twice and eventually for the final several hours of daylight. A few quick notes as it appears the cutline is going to settle at -1 or even par:
- Last year, Freddy Jacobson finished t14 in the US Open then came to Travelers and won. This year, he finished t15 in the US Open and is going to be among the leaders at the halfway point in Cromwell. He's looking to be the first repeat winner of a Tour event since Steve Stricker at the John Deere Classic last year.
- Blake Adams (-7 after a 64 on Friday) is building off momentum from last week's US Open, and is poised for his highest finish of the year. He was t9 here last year and is top-10 in the event in putts per green in regulation, a key stat for past winners of the tourney.
- JB Holmes is still on the course for his second round as I type this, but it appears he's going to be around the lead upon completion (-8 on his day). He has three top-20's in his last five events, but doesn't have much of a history at this event. He's stumbled on the weekends in his last two events to drop down the standings, but perhaps the weather issues will help him keep his hot playing going on Saturday.
- There are several big names looming a few shots back: Webb Simpson (-5; will he get tired out?), Matt Kuchar (-5), Camilo Vilegas (-5, somewhat surprising given his play this year), Keegan Bradley (-4), Lucas Glover (-4), Zach Johnson (-3) and Kyle Stanley (-3, making his second cut in three events after a horrid run).
- Some pleasant surprises: Will Claxton (one top-10 in 2012, played on Nationwide last year), Roland Thatcher (-7, has missed his last five cuts), Tommy Gainey (-7, has shown signs of life recently), Brian Davis (-6, solid all year) and Marc Leishman (-6, has been steady of late). The Travelers has the history of first-time Tour winners, and these guys are each eligible. Davis, Gainey and Leishman are probably the best candidates due to their experience on Tour and having been in contention on Sundays recently.
- Not-so-pleasant surprises: Michael Thompson (+10 thru 29 holes coming off a top-5 in the US Open), Bo Van Pelt (only -1, struggling to make the cut); JJ Henry (on the cutline); Ricky Barnes, Patrick Cantlay and Bud Cauley will be heading for the airport in the coming hours.
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