CROMWELL, Conn. — Scott Langley is being careful not to get too far ahead of himself in the Travelers Championship. That's the mistake he said he made three weeks ago at the Memorial tournament when, in the final group Sunday, he shot 79 to drop into a tie for 28th.
Winless in two seasons on the PGA Tour, Langley, 25, took the second-round lead in the Travelers on Friday, following his opening 64 with 5-under 65 to reach 11-under 129. He had eight birdies, a double bogey and a bogey in the second round at TPC River Highlands.
"I've been in contention. I played in the final group on Sunday at Memorial," Langley said. "This weekend I'm not going to think about possibilities. I'm not going to think about what it means to win. I'm not going to think about any of that stuff. I'm just going to keep my head down and play my game."
Michael Putnam (63), Harris English (64) and K.J. Choi (65) were a stroke back. First-round leader Brendan Steele (69) was in a group of four at 9 under.
Masters champion Bubba Watson, the 2010 Travelers winner for his first tour title, followed his opening 67 with 72 to make the cut of 1 under by a stroke.
Champions: Tom Lehman birdied four straight holes and finished with a bogey-free 7-under 65 to take the first-round lead in the Encompass Championship at Glenview, Ill. Doug Garwood and Roger Chapman were a stroke back. Mark O'Meara and Sandy Lyle were in a group of seven at 67.
European: First-round leader Mikko Ilonen opened a two-stroke lead at the Irish Open at the end of the second round and Rory McIlroy failed to make the cut by one shot in Cork. Ilonen added a 2-under 68 to his opening-round course-record 64 to move to 10-under 132. Graeme McDowell (66) was in a group of three in second. McIlroy's 69 was a mix of a 10th-hole eagle, six birdies and a double bogey at No. 4 for an overall 1-over 143.