Golf: Four share halfway lead at tight Travelers Championship

Fri Aug 5, 2016 7:54pm EDT
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(Reuters) - American Daniel Berger drove the green at the short par-four 15th hole for a two-putt birdie that put him into a four-way tie for the lead on Friday halfway through the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut.

Joining Berger, who won his first PGA tour title at June's FedEx St. Jude Classic, on seven-under 133 at TPC River Highlands were fellow American Russell Henley, South African Tyrone van Aswegan and Australian Marc Leishman.

One shot behind were Scotsman Russell Knox (67) and Americans Jerry Kelly (70), Robert Garrigus (67) and Patrick Rogers (66).

With lively winds to contend with, Berger punched a low drive that ran up the green into comfortable two-putt range at the 15th on the way to posting a three-under 67.

"Just tried to hit what I call my bullet shot," Berger told Golf Channel. "It's kind of my go-to shot. It's one of those shots that I hit under pressure and I know where it goes."

Leishman (68) and Henley (65) birdied their last holes, the ninth after starting their rounds at No. 10, while van Aswegan continued his flawless golf with a four-under 66 for his second successive bogey-free round.

"I feel like my swing coach this week has helped me a lot finding the slot, and I'm holing a lot of putts," said early starter van Aswegan, chasing his maiden tour win.

Leishman said there was quite a contrast from Thursday.

"Definitely a lot different than yesterday morning," said the big Australian, who lost in a playoff at last year's British Open. "The wind got up a little today so you had to be playing good golf to shoot a really good number.   Continued...

Aug 4, 2016; Cromwell, CT, USA; A Travelers Championship tee marker during the first round of the 2016 Travelers Championship golf tournament at TPC River Highlands. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports