Schauffele takes advantage in Travelers

Xander Schauffele shot 7-under 63 for the second time in a row Friday to take a five-shot lead in the Travelers Championship.

The Olympic champion shot 31 through the first nine at TPC River Highlands with four birdies, and then had 32 through the second nine, with birdies on the 11th, 14th and 17th holes. He has hit 33 of 36 greens at number strokes required to achieve par or less. He is the only player in the tournament without a bogey. He was at risk on the par 3 16th hole when his tee shot hit the rough behind a greenside bunker. “It gets interesting with the wind blowing,” Schauffele said. “It was my least compromised swing of the week and I’m really happy I saved the par.” Kevin Kisner (64), Nick Hardy (64), defending champion Harris English (65), Cam Davis (66) and Patrick Cantlay (67) were tied for second at nine under par. The leaders after the first round, Rory McIlroy and JT Poston shot 70 shots after starting with a round of 62, to fall behind by six shots. Cantlay, who shot 60 at TPC River Highlands as an amateur in 2011, was in the same morning group as English. “I’m still there in the tournament and looking forward to the weekend,” Cantlay said. “I enjoy the challenge and that’s the only thing you can do in golf, give your best as many times as you can.” English, who won the eight-hole playoff title last year, is participating in his third tournament since he returned in May from hip surgery. “The hardest thing is walking and playing,” English acknowledged. “I mean, I feel at home being able to hit balls on the field, but the ups and downs of the hills and being on your feet for five or six hours is the hardest part. It’s getting better and I feel like the more rounds I play, the stronger I’ll be.”

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