CROMWELL, Conn. — Phil Mickelson doubtless had his folks gassing up the non-public jet for an early departure Friday after he carded bogeys on two of his first 4 holes within the second spherical of the Travelers Championship. Those left him 1-over for the event, whereas the reduce line at the time was hovering round 1-under.
Mickelson, although, rallied on his again 9 with birdies on three of his last 4 holes to make the reduce on the quantity (2-under) and play the weekend, trailing leader Jason Day by seven strokes.
Mickelson, who started his spherical on No. 10, erased these bogeys on Nos. 12 and 13 with birdies on 14 and 15 to made the flip even-par for the day and 1-under for the event.
Then got here what he referred to as “pathetic’’ bogeys on Nos. 1 and a pair of and he was again to 1-over, at least two photographs out of the reduce line.
“They’re two birdie holes — straightforward brief wedges in — and I hit two unhealthy drives and ended up making two bogeys,’’ he mentioned. “After that, I knew I used to be in bother cut-wise, as a result of there have been some holes again into the wind that had been going to play lengthy, like 4 and 5, and I had my work reduce out for me.’’
Mickelson saved his spherical and event with these three late birdies on Nos. 6, 8 and 9 to get to 2-under.
Afterward, with a wry smile he referred to as that essential birdie run “an excellent one.’’
“I’m glad that I’ve an opportunity to play the weekend,’’ Mickelson mentioned. “I’m not scoring the best way I must on some vital holes, particularly No. 13 on the again, and 15. I wanted to play these holes 4-under par [and] performed them 2-over [the past two days]. Those six photographs, that’s the distinction.’’
Bubba Watson had the pinnacle of his driver shear off when he hit his tee shot on the second gap, which was his eleventh of the second spherical. Watson, who has a backup driver, had it introduced out to him two holes later, and he used that the remainder of the spherical.
Afterward, he joked, “Luckily, it didn’t hit anyone, but when I used to be going to hit anyone I hoped it will be Brooks [Koepka]. But I missed him. Not that good of an aimer.’’
Koepka was standing a number of toes away listening to Watson and mused, “He’s bought about as a lot management of his driver as he does along with his putter.’’
Kevin Kisner has had an odd week on the golf course. In Thursday’s opening spherical, he carded 18 consecutive pars, taking pictures 70. In Friday’s second spherical, he had six birdies and an eagle to go together with one bogey and shot 63 to get to 7-under for the event, one shot out of the lead.
“I went forward and ended that [par] streak on the primary gap, so I bought that cat executed with early,’’ Kisner mentioned of his birdie on No. 1.
The spotlight of Kisner’s day was an eagle on No. 15, the 279-yard risk-reward par-4, om which he drove the inexperienced and made a 31-foot putt.
“That’s not one you’re actually planning to make,’’ he mentioned.
Kisner mentioned he felt like he “most likely hit the ball about the identical’’ on Friday as he did on Thursday, however “most likely nearer on the strategy.’’
“I actually didn’t make any putts [Thursday],’’ he mentioned.
Kisner had 33 putts within the first spherical and 26 on Friday.
Kisner has been within the midst of a dreadful run of play with seven missed cuts within the final 10 tournaments he’s performed with a tie for 18th, fifty fifth and fortieth within the occasions he’s gotten into the weekend.
He mentioned he’s been ready for a spherical like Friday’s “for a very long time.’’
Russell Henley had a share of the lead getting into the ultimate spherical of the U.S. Open final week at Torrey Pines, however shot a disappointing 76 on Sunday to drop again to a share of thirteenth place.
He had no concept how a lot the stress of U.S. Open week took out of him till the center of this week.
“It type of hit me on Wednesday,’’ Henley mentioned. “I assumed I used to be good Tuesday, after which Wednesday I bear in mind feeling like, ‘OK, that did take a lot out of me.’’ I didn’t actually notice it.’’
Henley once more has himself in place to win, enjoying the primary two rounds in 7-under, one shot out of the lead after following his first-round 67 with a 66 on Friday.
Seamus Power, who earned a spot within the discipline this week by means of a Monday qualifier, not solely made the reduce, however enters the weekend at 7-under, only one shot out of the lead at the midway level.
“Monday qualifiers are robust — loads of good gamers and solely 4 spots,’’ he mentioned. “It’s a kind of days [when] you want your recreation to be there. I’ve been enjoying actually just lately. That was the primary time Mondaying for a PGA Tour occasion.
“All of a sudden, it simply doesn’t appear as un-doable in a manner prefer it had earlier than. So that gave me little bit of momentum. The recreation is in good condition.’’