Spieth leads by 1 midway through 2nd round at Travelers

A birdie on the last hole saw Jordan Spieth take sole possession of the early clubhouse lead at the Travelers Championship in CT.

Jordan Spieth played well enough in the second round of the Travelers Championship to stay in the lead.

CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) - Jordan Spieth shot a 1-under 69 on Friday to maintain a one-stroke lead midway through the second round of the Travelers Championship in CT.

Spieth's debut appearance at TPC River Highlands continued to gather momentum after posting a one-under-par 69 in Friday's second round.

World number four Jason Day of Australia missed the cut, firing four bogeys and four birdies for a 70 to stand on 142. Reed's 4-under-par 66 followed a 3-under 67 in the first round Thursday, placing him in a strong position as he heads into the weekend.

McIlroy managed to make par at one point after hitting a tee shot into a water hazard, and he later told Golf Channel: "I would have taken a par after the tee shot".

Spieth, who began the day one shot ahead after a first-round 63, started on the back nine.

That left Merritt and Reed as the closest title challengers on seven under while Patrick Rodgers was one of the day's biggest movers, his five-under 65 boosting him to within three strokes of the lead.

He quickly recovered at the 202-yard par-three eighth hole, holing from eight yards for birdie.

"You're not going to shoot seven-under every round, it's impossible and I recognise that, so it's about waiting for my chances to come in the same way we did today".

"I came into the week with no status on any tour, but I knew my game was really good", Seiffert said. The 25-year-old had to qualify Monday to get into the tournament.

"A golf course like this, even when the wind is blowing, if you're hitting your tee shots straight, you're going to have some wedges into the greens, " Reed said. Just as he approached the first two rounds - calmly.

"We've been kind of far behind in a lot of the events in making comeback runs", said Spieth, the two-time major champion who tied for 35th last week in the U.S. Open. He shot an eagle on the 13th, sinking a putt from 32 feet.

Leishman finished with a 68 to be five shots off the pace heading into the third round. They missed the cut in the U.S. Open.

"Hardest I've seen the golf course play in the past couple of years", said Reed, a five-time PGA Tour victor who is coming off a tie for 13th at last week's US Open.

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