Defending champion Fredrik Jacobson is in a familiar spot at the Travelers Championship.
For the second consecutive year, Jacobson had a 9-under 131 total for 36 holes, following his opening 65 with a 66 on Friday. And for the second consecutive year, bad weather pushed back the completion of the second round to today in Cromwell, Conn.
The Swede wouldn’t mind if history kept repeating itself.
He’s trying to join Phil Mickelson, the 2001 and 2002 winner, as the only players to successfully defend a title at River Highlands.
“Any tournament is tough to win,” Jacobson said. “To win two in a row is probably tougher. But you know, you have the thing going for you that you have some good memories to draw from, so hopefully that allows a little bit to increase your chances.”
Charley Hoffman opened with a par and birdied the next five holes to move one stroke from the lead before rain suspended play for the day. Nathan Green also was 8 under when the horn blew at 3:19 p.m. locally. He finished nine holes.
“It was a nice five-hole run,” Hoffman said. “Obviously, I wish I probably could have kept it going a little longer, but obviously in a good frame of mind heading into tomorrow.”
It was the second weather delay of the day. The first lasted 70 minutes.
Blake Adams had a 64, the best round of the day, to join Stuart Appleby and Roland Thatcher at 7 under. Appleby had a 65, and Thatcher shot a 67.
First-round leader David Mathis fell back to 3 under with a 73 that included a double bogey at 16, where he need three putts on the par 3 hole, and a bogey on 17.
PUB LINKS FINAL SET
Ashlan Ramsey and Kyung Kim advanced to the 36-hole final in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links, each winning two matches in Neshanic Station, N.J.
The 16-year-old Ramsey, from Milledgeville, Ga., beat Grace Na of Alameda, Calif., 3 and 1 in the morning quarterfinals, and edged Kim Kaufman of Clark, S.D., 1 up in the semifinals.
“I didn’t know how far I would get this week,” Ramsey said, “but now my goals have changed. I’ll just play my game, fairways and greens.”
South Korea’s Inbee Park birdied her final two holes for a 7-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in Waterloo, Ontario. Seven players didn’t to finish because of darkness. ... Joel Sjoholm twice chipped in for eagle in shooting a 6-under 66 to lead by two strokes at the BMW International Open in Pulheim, Germany. The Chilean-born Swede had eagles at No. 7 and No. 12. … Russ Cochran shot a 6-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Champions Tour’s Montreal Championship in Sainte-Julie, Quebec. … Jim Herman took a two-shot lead at 12-under 130 with a 64 in the Nationwide Tour’s Witchita Open. Olympia’s Andres Gonzales is four shots off the pace after a second-round 68.