CROMWELL, Conn. — Although Bubba Watson always will have a soft spot in his heart for Augusta National, he enjoys playing TPC at River Highlands nearly as much.
Watson shot 3-under-par 67 Friday to take a two-stroke lead over Patrick Reed (66) and Padraig Harrington (66) after two rounds of the Travelers Championship.
"I love this place. I always play well here," said Watson, the 2010 Travelers champion who was at 10-under 130 in the PGA Tour event.
Charley Hoffman, who held the first-round lead after his 61 on Thursday, followed with 73.
One week after winning the U.S. Open at Merion, Justin Rose was tied for 12th at 5 under.
Watson has finished in the top 15 four times in six previous starts at this event, including that win in 2010 and a second-place finish last year.
"The tee shots set up well for me. I like the way they look," Watson said. "There's about two tee shots … that are really tough for me."
LPGA: Mika Miyazato birdied six of 10 holes in the middle of her round for 6-under 65 and the first-round lead at the NW Arkansas Championship in Rogers. She hit 16 of 18 greens in regulation to finish a shot ahead of So Yeon Ryu and Angela Stanford. Ten golfers are two back. Tampa's Cindy LaCrosse shot 1-under 70, tied for 37th, while Seminole's Brittany Lincicome was at 71 and Tampa resident Kristy McPherson at 75.
Champions: Craig Stadler birdied five of his first 11 holes to share the first-round lead with Duffy Waldorf and Bernhard Langer at 5-under 67 in the rain-delayed Encompass Championship at Glenview, Ill. There were 23 players left on the course when play was suspended.
PGA Europe: Ernie Els shot 3-under 69 in the second round of the BMW International Open in Munich, holding his one-stroke lead at 12-under 132.