Roland Thatcher and Brian Davis /Rogash/Getty Images
Brian Davis shot 64 and Roland Thatcher 65 to get to -12 under par for the two rounds played at US PGA Tour Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Connecticut. These guys are two shots clear of John Rollins, James Driscoll and Stuart Appleby, who are all handily placed tied for second spot on -10 under par.
Roland was candid about his golf;
” I’m in good position through two rounds, and hopefully I can do something special here over the weekend. Unfortunately, I’m probably the least consistent player on this Tour, so whenever I go out and miss five, six cuts in a row, that doesn’t really surprise anybody, nor should it surprise anybody that occasionally I put together four rounds. So hopefully this is one of those weeks where I make a lot of money in a very short amount of time.”
Four of the last six winners of the Travelers Championship were first-time winners on the PGA Tour, and James Driscoll, who finished fifth here a year ago, has also yet to win a PGA Tour event. At aged eighteen, James became the youngest ever winner of the Massachusetts State Amateur, and now more than a decade later, he is still looking for his first Tour win. James is happy to be where he is, and thinks it would be great, being a native New Englander to win this tournament;
” It feels good. It’s kind of like last year. I’m in a similar position. I’ll probably be in one of the last few groups, so it’s an exciting place to be. It would be great. It’s fun just to be there in contention and I’m looking forward to tomorrow. Hopefully I’ll get some friends and family out there to support me and hopefully I can play well for them.”
Stuart Appleby was also pleased to be playing some good golf;
” Conditions are easier in the morning, bit of a breeze today. I’m not sure if they’re going to get breeze in the afternoon. You could see lower scores than yesterday’s afternoon.”
Stuart also spoke about the improvement in his golf game;
” It’s better. I mean I’m thinking better. I’m getting better. I mean it’s really a crumbling wreck, my game. I wasn’t hitting it any good and I wasn’t thinking any good and I was just really finding it very hard. All self-induced issues. I had a back injury that was affecting my swing, not hurting me, and that seemed to make it hard to get on top of that most of last year, or all of last year. Body and mind is a lot better, and if you get those two right, you play better golf. ”
Charging along at -9 under par is two times Major winner Padraig Harrington, who had a second round of -5 under par, 65, and is also very much in this championship.
Bubba Watson got his first career victory here in 2010, he is currently at -8 under par after a round of 65 today, Bubba has good and bad memories of this tournament;
“For me, my first win here, announcing that my dad was about to pass away of cancer, there’s up and down moments at this place. But they’ve always treated me well. I’m going to have to shoot a low number. It will be fun. They’re going to have to slow down for me to catch them. “