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Berger shares lead after second round of Travelers Championship

The Travelers Championship is Daniel Berger’s second tournament in a comeback after he was sidelined by a strained shoulder.

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The Travelers Championship is Daniel Berger’s second tournament in a comeback after he was sidelined by a strained shoulder.

CROMWELL, Conn. — Daniel Berger says he's healthy again and hoping to regain the form that helped the former Florida State star to his first PGA Tour title two months ago.

Last year's rookie of the year followed a first-round 66 with 67 Friday for a share of the lead in the Travelers Championship.

He matched 2012 Travelers champion Marc Leishman, Russell Henley and Tyrone Van Aswegen at 7-under 133. Leishman shot 68, Henley shot 65, and Van Aswegen 66.

Berger strained his shoulder at the U.S. Open after winning in Memphis at the St. Jude Classic, his fourth top-10 finish in seven starts. The injury forced him to withdraw after hitting his opening tee shot at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, and he didn't return until last week at the PGA Championship.

"I definitely played better than I thought I would," he said. "This is my seventh round in six weeks and for a professional golfer that's not a lot."

Four players, including 49-year-old University of Hartford graduate Jerry Kelly, were a shot behind. Kelly shot 70 after sharing the first-round lead with 64.

Kelly had five birdies and five bogeys. He won the last of his titles in 2009. "I'm tired," he said. "I'm going to watch a movie and see if I can rest a little bit and see if the old bones will work for two more days."

Blayne Barber shot 64 to top the seven players two strokes back.

"The wind got up a little bit today, so you had to be playing good golf to shoot a really good number," Leishman said.

U.S. Olympians Bubba Watson, Patrick Reed and Matt Kuchar remained in contention. Kuchar shot 67 to reach 4 under. Reed, who turned 26 Friday, also shot 67 and was tied with Watson at 3 under. Watson, the defending champion, had 70.

Seventy-three players made the cut by shooting par or better.

"If you're close to the lead, you're close to missing the cut," said Paul Casey, who was among those tied for ninth place at 5 under.

Henley joined the leaders by sinking a 20-foot birdie on his final hole, the par-4 ninth. "It was just a little bit tricky," he said. "I think with no wind on this course we would have seen double digits (under par) by now."

CHAMPIONS: Monday qualifier Glen Day shot 7-under 65 in perfect conditions to take the first-round lead in the 3M Championship at Blaine, Minn. "Yes, I have a little more motivation as a Monday qualifier," Day said. "I didn't play as well today as I did Monday. I had no expectations this week. I just wanted to get into the tournament." On Monday, he topped the five qualifiers with 7-under 64 at nearby Victory Links. On Friday playing in the first group off the first tee at TPC Twin Cities, the 50-year-old Day had four straight late birdies in his bogey-free round. Jeff Maggert and Rod Spittle shot 66, and two-time champion Bernhard Langer was at 67 along with Colin Montgomerie, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Woody Austin, Kevin Sutherland, Carlos Franco, Scott Dunlap, Bart Bryant and Monday qualifier Jean-Francois Remesy.

U.S. WOMEN'S AMATEUR: Puerto Rico's Maria Torres, who will be a senior at Florida, lost in the quarterfinals in Springfield, Pa. Torres lost to Italy's Virginia Elena Carta 3 and 1. Also advancing to the semifinal were South Korea's Eun Jeong Seong, the Philippines' Yuka Saso and France's Mathilda Cappeliez.

Berger shares lead after second round of Travelers Championship 08/05/16 [Last modified: Friday, August 5, 2016 10:26pm]
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