Scott Langley leads Travelers Championship

Scott Langley watches his approach shot on the ninth hole during the second round of the Travelers Championship golf tournament in Cromwell, Conn., Friday, June 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)
Scott Langley watches his approach shot on the ninth hole during the second round of the Travelers Championship golf tournament in Cromwell, Conn., Friday, June 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Scott Langley took the second-round lead in the Travelers Championship on Friday, following his opening 64 with a 65 to reach 11 under 129.

Winless in two seasons on the PGA Tour, the 25-year-old Langley had eight birdies, a double bogey and a bogey in the second round at TPC River Highlands.

“I’ve given myself a lot of short birdie opportunities the first two days. Those are nice,” said Langley, trying to become the fifth straight first-time PGA Tour winner in the event. “When you start adding up three, four and five almost tap-in birdies, that just really kind of boosts you up.”

Michael Putnam, Harris English and K.J. Choi were a stroke back. Putnam had a 63, the best round of the day. English shot 64, and Choi 65.

First-round leader Brendan Steele had a 69 and to top the group at 9 under. He made three bogeys on his first nine holes, but rallied with four straight birdies on Nos. 3-6.

Patrick Rodgers, the former Stanford star making his pro debut, was 5 under after a 69. Cameron Wilson, Rodgers’ college teammate who also was making his pro debut, missed the cut with rounds of 73 and 75.

Defending champion Ken Duke was 3 under after a 72.

Masters champion Bubba Watson, the 2010 Travelers winner for his first PGA Tour title, followed his opening 67 with a 72 to make the cut by a stroke.

Putnam has finished in the top 25 once in 22 events this season. He matched his season best with a 67 in the first round and bettered it significantly Friday with the 63.

“It was a perfect day for scoring. It left myself in some good spots and made a couple putts,” Putnam said. “I actually three-putted 13 for par so it could have been even better.”

Defending champion Ken Duke was 3 under after a 72.

Erik Compton, the two-time heart transplant recipient who tied for second Sunday in the U.S. Open, missed the cut. He had a 69 in the second round to finish at 3 over.

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