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Jacobson clings to PGA lead

2012-06-23 19:01

Cromwell - Defending champion Fredrik Jacobson of Sweden maintained his one-stroke lead after Saturday's completion of the storm-halted second round of the PGA Tour's Travelers Championship.

Jacobson had completed a four-under par 66 second round on Friday at the $6 million event to stand atop the leaderboard on nine-under 131 after 36 holes before storms halted play with 77 golfers on the course at TPC River Highlands.

Play concluded just after noon with Colombia's Camilo Villegas and Americans J.B. Holmes and Will Claxton sharing second on 132 with Australian Stuart Appleby and Americans Blake Adams and Roland Thatcher another stroke adrift.

Each man in the trio on 132 was forced to finish on Saturday while the group on 133 all made it into the clubhouse on Friday before play was stopped.

Holmes completed an eight-under 62 on Saturday. He fired five birdies on the front nine and answered his lone bogey, at the par-3 11th, with back-to-back birdies on the next two holes and two more at the 15th and 17th.

Villegas completed a bogey-free 64 that included a run of three birdies in a row starting at the par-5 13th.

Claxton fired a 67 that included an eagle at the par-4 15th.

Jacobson could match Phil Mickelson from 2001 and 2002 as the only players to defend a title in the event's 60-year history.

Scores on Saturday after the storm-interrupted second round of the $6 million PGA Tour's Travelers Championship (USA unless noted, par 70):

131 - Fredrik Jacobson (SWE) 65-66

132 - J.B. Holmes 70-62, Camilo Villegas (COL) 68-64, Will Claxton 65-67

133 - Blake Adams 69-64, Roland Thatcher 66-67, Stuart Appleby (AUS) 68-65

134 - Brian Davis (ENG) 67-67, Marc Leishman (AUS) 68-66, Tommy Gainey 66-68, Nathan Green (AUS) 65-69, Charley Hoffman 67-67, Billy Mayfair 68-66, James Driscoll 68-66, Gary Christian (ENG) 66-68

135 - Charlie Wi (KOR) 70-65, John Rollins 68-67, Tim Clark (RSA) 66-69, Aaron Baddeley (AUS) 67-68, Webb Simpson 66-69, Matt Kuchar 67-68, Jeff Maggert 69-66, Brian Harman 70-65

AFP