Travelers Championship R2

McIlroy is four shots behind leader

June 25-28
TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Connecticut
$7,400,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Travelers Championship R2 - McIlroy is 4 shots behind leader
Rory McIlroy lines up a shot from the rough on the 17th hole during a steady but frustrating round at the Travelers Championship (Frank Franklin II/AP)


Rory McIlroy kept himself within reach of rampaging leader Phil Mickelson with a steady second round in the coronavirus-marred Travelers Championship in Connecticut.


After American Denny McCarthy became the seventh player to withdraw from the event for coronavirus-related reasons on Friday, McIlroy followed an opening seven-under 63 with a 68 to hold a share of fourth place at the halfway mark.

He was four shots behind Mickelson, who improved on his first round 64 with a 63 to sit at 13-under.



The left-hander held a one-stroke lead over fellow American Will Gordon, who stormed up the leaderboard with an eight-under 62 in the equal best round of the day, and Canadian Mackenzie Hughes, who faltered with a 68 after his blistering 60 on day one.

McIlroy was three shots further astern in a group of five players including Americans Xander Schauffele, who shot a 68, and Brendan Steel, who birdied three of the last four holes to complete a 62.


The tournament has come under a cloud due to Covid-19.

McCarthy withdrew from the event on Friday after testing positive to coronavirus following his first round 67.

Bud Cauley, who played with McCarthy but tested negative, has also withdrawn as a precautionary measure.

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Cameron Champ withdrew after testing positive before the tournament, while Graeme McDowell and Brooks Koepka both pulled out after their respective caddies returned positive tests.

Koepka’s brother Chase and Webb Simpson withdrew having been in close proximity with a person who had subsequently tested positive.

England’s Matt Wallace, who played with McCarthy and Cauley in the first round, tested negative and played his second round, missing the cut on two-over par.

Speaking before the latest withdrawals, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan was adamant the tournament would continue, but warned of consequences for players who do not follow strict safety protocols.

McIlroy began Friday with an up-and-down front nine by mixing three birdies with two bogeys, finding a bunker and two-putting at the par three fifth, then finding water at the short eighth.



The world No 1 sank a six-foot putt for a birdie two at 11, but despite playing consistently thereafter he could not improve his position through a frustrating run of seven straight pars.

By contrast the 50-year-old Mickelson was on fire, a bogey at the par four second proving his day’s only blemish before seven birdies in his next 11 holes, and one more at the last when he hit his second shot 118 yards to within two feet of the hole.

England’s Luke Donald followed a 69 with a 65 to sit seven shots off the pace at six-under, while Ireland’s Shane Lowry dropped three shots on the day to be a further shot away along with England’s Paul Casey (69, 66).




Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Phil Mickelson
USA
-13
64
63
127
T2
Will Gordon
USA
-12
66
62
128
T2
Mackenzie Hughes
CAN
-12
60
68
128
T4
Xander Schauffele
USA
-9
63
68
131
T4
Brendan Steele
USA
-9
69
62
131
T4
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-9
63
68
131
T4
Brendon Todd
USA
-9
66
65
131
T4
Marc Leishman
AUS
-9
66
65
131
T9
Kevin Streelman
USA
-8
66
66
132
T9
Kevin Na
USA
-8
66
66
132
T9
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
-8
65
67
132
T9
Viktor Hovland
NOR
-8
63
69
132
T9
Zach Johnson
USA
-8
68
64
132
T9
Patton Kizzire
USA
-8
66
66
132
T9
Abraham Ancer
USA
-8
67
65
132
T9
Troy Merritt
USA
-8
68
64
132
T9
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
-8
65
67
132
T9
Brian Stuard
USA
-8
65
67
132
T9
Seung-Yul Noh
KOR
-8
64
68
132
T20
Wesley Bryan
USA
-7
67
66
133
T20
Dustin Johnson
USA
-7
69
64
133
T20
Patrick Cantlay
USA
-7
66
67
133
T20
Ryan Armour
USA
-7
67
66
133
T20
Lanto Griffin
USA
-7
66
67
133
T20
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
-7
67
66
133
T26
Kyle Stanley
USA
-6
69
65
134
T26
Mark Hubbard
USA
-6
68
66
134
T26
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-6
64
70
134
T26
Lucas Glover
USA
-6
66
68
134
T26
Scott Stallings
USA
-6
66
68
134
T26
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
-6
68
66
134
T26
Luke Donald
ENG
-6
69
65
134
T26
Sam Burns
USA
-6
68
66
134
T26
Russell Henley
USA
-6
65
69
134
T26
Jon Rahm
ESP
-6
66
68
134
T26
Jim Furyk
USA
-6
69
65
134
T26
Tyler Duncan
USA
-6
64
70
134
T26
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
-6
68
66
134
T26
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-6
64
70
134
T26
Charley Hoffman
USA
-6
67
67
134
T26
Joseph Bramlett
USA
-6
69
65
134
T42
Richy Werenski
USA
-5
67
68
135
T42
Doc Redman
USA
-5
68
67
135
T42
Joel Dahmen
USA
-5
67
68
135
T42
Harold Varner III
USA
-5
66
69
135
T42
Scott Brown
USA
-5
69
66
135
T42
Michael Thompson
USA
-5
64
71
135
T42
Aaron Wise
USA
-5
68
67
135
T42
Paul Casey
ENG
-5
69
66
135
T42
Shane Lowry
IRL
-5
66
69
135
T42
Tom Hoge
USA
-5
67
68
135
T42
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-5
65
70
135
T53
Roger Sloan
CAN
-4
67
69
136
T53
Jason Day
AUS
-4
67
69
136
T53
Jordan Spieth
USA
-4
67
69
136
T53
Kevin Chappell
USA
-4
68
68
136
T53
Ian Poulter
ENG
-4
67
69
136
T53
Greg Chalmers
AUS
-4
69
67
136
T53
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
-4
68
68
136
T53
Henrik Norlander
SWE
-4
68
68
136
T53
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
-4
71
65
136
T53
Brandt Snedeker
USA
-4
67
69
136
T53
Chez Reavie
USA
-4
70
66
136
T53
Austin Cook
USA
-4
71
65
136
T53
Patrick Reed
USA
-4
70
66
136
T53
Adam Long
USA
-4
67
69
136
T53
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-4
68
68
136
T53
Hank Lebioda
USA
-4
69
67
136
CUT
Adam Schenk
USA
-3
72
65
137
CUT
Branden Grace
RSA
-3
68
69
137
CUT
Brian Gay
USA
-3
67
70
137
CUT
Brice Garnett
USA
-3
69
68
137
CUT
Bubba Watson
USA
-3
69
68
137
CUT
Cameron Davis
AUS
-3
66
71
137
CUT
Cameron Smith
AUS
-3
69
68
137
CUT
Keith Mitchell
USA
-3
69
68
137
CUT
Matthew Wolff
USA
-3
68
69
137
CUT
Robert Streb
USA
-3
69
68
137
CUT
Ryan Moore
USA
-3
67
70
137
CUT
Scottie Scheffler
USA
-3
70
67
137
CUT
Tim Wilkinson
NZL
-3
69
68
137
CUT
Tony Finau
USA
-3
68
69
137
CUT
Billy Horschel
USA
-2
70
68
138
CUT
Brian Harman
USA
-2
70
68
138
CUT
Carlos Ortiz
MEX
-2
69
69
138
CUT
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
-2
72
66
138
CUT
Chris Stroud
USA
-2
66
72
138
CUT
Danny Lee
NZL
-2
67
71
138
CUT
Gary Woodland
USA
-2
70
68
138
CUT
Hudson Swafford
USA
-2
71
67
138
CUT
Hunter Mahan
USA
-2
67
71
138
CUT
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
-2
69
69
138
CUT
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-2
70
68
138
CUT
Max Homa
USA
-2
71
67
138
CUT
Ryan Palmer
USA
-2
67
71
138
CUT
Sam Ryder
USA
-2
66
72
138
CUT
Tyler McCumber
USA
-2
65
73
138
CUT
Cameron Percy
AUS
-1
67
72
139
CUT
Corey Conners
CAN
-1
73
66
139
CUT
Danny Willett
ENG
-1
68
71
139
CUT
J. T. Poston
USA
-1
70
69
139
CUT
James Hahn
USA
-1
70
69
139
CUT
Jason Kokrak
USA
-1
70
69
139
CUT
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-1
69
70
139
CUT
Luke List
USA
-1
71
68
139
CUT
Patrick Rodgers
USA
-1
67
72
139
CUT
Vaughn Taylor
USA
-1
70
69
139
CUT
Xinjun Zhang
CHN
-1
68
71
139
CUT
Beau Hossler
USA
Par
73
67
140
CUT
David Pastore
USA
Par
73
67
140
CUT
J. J. Henry
USA
Par
69
71
140
CUT
Justin Rose
ENG
Par
67
73
140
CUT
Matthew NeSmith
USA
Par
70
70
140
CUT
Sahith Theegala
USA
Par
69
71
140
CUT
Sebastian Munoz
COL
Par
70
70
140
CUT
Talor Gooch
USA
Par
69
71
140
CUT
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
1
71
70
141
CUT
Davis Love III
USA
1
74
67
141
CUT
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
1
71
70
141
CUT
Grayson Murray
USA
1
68
73
141
CUT
Jamie Lovemark
USA
1
70
71
141
CUT
Keegan Bradley
USA
1
67
74
141
CUT
Matthew Every
USA
1
70
71
141
CUT
Peter Kuest
USA
1
73
68
141
CUT
Sepp Straka
AUT
1
69
72
141
CUT
Justin Thomas
USA
2
71
71
142
CUT
Kevin Kisner
USA
2
71
71
142
CUT
Kevin Tway
USA
2
72
70
142
CUT
Matt Wallace
ENG
2
70
72
142
CUT
Michael Kim
KOR
2
70
72
142
CUT
Rob Oppenheim
USA
2
68
74
142
CUT
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
2
72
70
142
CUT
Wyndham Clark
USA
2
71
71
142
CUT
Zac Blair
USA
2
69
73
142
CUT
Aaron Baddeley
AUS
3
69
74
143
CUT
Bo Hoag
USA
3
69
74
143
CUT
Bo Van Pelt
USA
3
74
69
143
CUT
Cameron Tringale
USA
3
70
73
143
CUT
Collin Morikawa
USA
3
72
71
143
CUT
D. J. Trahan
USA
3
67
76
143
CUT
Harry Higgs
USA
3
71
72
143
CUT
Robby Shelton
USA
3
70
73
143
CUT
Russell Knox
SCO
3
74
69
143
CUT
Sebastian Cappelen
DNK
3
72
71
143
CUT
Vijay Singh
FIJ
3
75
68
143
CUT
David Hearn
CAN
4
72
72
144
CUT
Fabian Gomez
ARG
4
71
73
144
CUT
Matt Jones
AUS
4
74
70
144
CUT
Scott Harrington
USA
4
68
76
144
CUT
Stewart Cink
USA
4
68
76
144
CUT
Bronson Burgoon
USA
5
69
76
145
CUT
J. J. Spaun
USA
7
78
69
147
CUT
Peter Malnati
USA
7
73
74
147
CUT
Martin Trainer
USA
14
77
77
154
RET
Bud Cauley
USA
Par
69
69
RET
Denny McCarthy
USA
Par
67
67
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