Zack Sucher is in position for his first-ever PGA Tour win after taking solo possession of first place at the Travelers Championship.
Sucher, who turned professional in 2009, shot 5-under 65 in the second round Friday and is now 11 under for the tournament with a two-stroke advantage over the rest of the field.
He managed to find away out of the crowded leaderboard that had six golfers tied for the lead at the beginning of the day. Sucher had an early hiccup with a bogey on the par-4 fourth hole but went on to card four birdies and an eagle on the par-5 13th hole to take the top spot.
Chez Reavie and Keegan Bradley are close behind in second place (9 under) with Bronson Burgoon and Ryan Moore also trailing in fourth (8 under).
Burgoon, another American chasing his first Tour win, had back-to-back birdies at the start of his round to get to just one stroke off the lead, but then fell back down the leaderboard after a double bogey before the turn and another bogey on his back nine.
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Moore had a low round of 6-under 64 to jump up into contention but there was another golfer who went even lower.
Jason Day shot the best round of the day, finishing 7-under 63. He had four consecutive birdies in his first five holes, and was bogey-free Friday – a nice improvement from yesterday when he carded a bogey and double-bogey late in his round.
“I was very patient, especially after the start that I had,” Day said. “Shooting even par was a little bit disappointing yesterday. To get off to that start today, I just kind of settled into it, just kind of pick away at the golf course.”
Day will enter the weekend in a seven-way tie for sixth place (7 under) with the likes of Paul Casey, Robert Streb and Andrew Putnam.
The 2018 Travelers champion Bubba Watson will also play into the weekend. He is tied for 26th (5 under).
Some notable names that didn’t make the cut (2 under) include Si Woo Kim, Chesson Hadley, Jordan Spieth, Tony Finau and Phil Mickelson.