By NEILL OSTROUT, Associated Press
CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) _ Bubba Watson shot a 3-under-par 67 Friday to take a two-stroke lead over Patrick Reed and Padraig Harrington after two rounds of the Travelers Championship.
Watson, the 2010 Travelers champion, was at 10-under 130 after two days of play at the TPC-River Highlands. Reed and Harrington were at 8-under after both shot 66s in the second round.
Four players _ including 2007 champion Hunter Mahan _ were tied for fourth at 7-under.
Charley Hoffman, who held the first-round lead after a 61 on Thursday, followed that with a 73 in a round that included three bogeys and a double-bogey.
One week after winning the U.S. Open at Merion, Justin Rose was tied for 12th at 5-under.
Watson, whose last victory came in the 2012 Masters, has played well in this event often. He’s finished in the top 15 four times in six previous starts, including a second-place finish last year.
“I love this place,” Watson said. “I always play well here.”
With two top-10 finishes and six top-25s this season, Watson is currently 57th in FedEx Cup points. He finished tied for 32nd in last week’s U.S. Open.
Watson began his day with a bogey at No. 10 but made four birdies after that in the relatively benign morning conditions.
Windy conditions kept many of those who began their rounds in the afternoon from matching the scores of their early rising counterparts. Still, Harrington managed a 66 despite teeing off at 12:40 p.m.
“It did get windy out there,” Harrington said. “It was a challenge but there were still opportunities to make birdies.”
Harrington hasn’t won since the 2008 PGA Championship, his third career major. The 41-year-old Irishman has missed four cuts this season but is playing relatively well lately. He finished 10th at the St. Jude Classic two weeks ago and tied for 21st at the U.S. Open last week.
Harrington, who was in contention to win here in 2010 and 2012, made birdies on four of his first seven holes Friday.
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