Xander Schauffele watches his shot on the seventh hole Friday during the second round of the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conn. Seth Wenig/Associated Press

CROMWELL, Conn. — Xander Schauffele shot his second straight 7-under 63 on Friday to take a five-stroke lead in the Travelers Championship.

The Olympic champion shot a 31 on the front nine at TPC River Highlands with four birdies, then had a 32 on the back, making birdies on 11, 14 and 17.

He has hit 33 of 36 greens in regulation and is the only player in the tournament without a bogey. His closest call came close at the par-3 16th, where he hit his tee shot found the rough behind a greenside bunker.

“It plays really interesting with the wind swirling through there,” Schauffele said. “It was my least committed swing of the week and just really happy to get up and down there and save par.”

Kevin Kisner (64), Nick Hardy (64), defending champion Harris English (65), Cam Davis (66) and Patrick Cantlay (67) were tied for second at 9 under. First-round leaders Rory McIlroy and J.T. Poston followed opening 62s with 70s to drop six strokes back.

Schauffele, played one group ahead of McIlroy, who leading by a stroke at 13 under before getting into trouble on the 12th hole.


McIlroy hit his tee shot left and out of bounds into the woods, then found the deep rough to the right on his next shot. He put the ball into a green-side bunker from there, then chipped out short of the green and into the rough again before finishing with a quadruple bogey.

LPGA: In Gee Chun shot a 3-under 69 to increase her lead to six strokes halfway through the Women’s PGA Championship in Bethesda, Maryland.

Chun led by five after the first round, equaling the biggest 18-hole advantage in the history of women’s major championships. The Congressional Country Club course was a bit more forgiving Friday, and she began with three birdies in the first five holes.

Bogeys on Nos. 7 and 8, however, kept her from opening a even bigger lead.

Lydia Ko (67) and Jennifer Kupcho (68) were second. Kupcho took the first major of the season in early April in the California desert and won a playoff Sunday in Michigan for her second LPGA Tour title.

U.S. SENIOR OPEN: Padraig Harrington and Steve Stricker, the two Ryder Cup captains from Whistling Straits last September, will be in the final group going into the weekend at Saucon Valley in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, after Harrington birdied three of his last six holes for a 6-under 65 to take a one-shot lead.


Stricker, whose U.S. team of stars throttled Europe in the Ryder Cup, did some nifty work of his own to overcome a sloppy start. He birdied his last three holes for a 69.

Harrington was at 6-under 136.

Bernhard Langer, meanwhile, missed the cut for the first time in 65 senior majors. The 64-year-old Langer needed a birdie on his final hole but made bogey for a 75 and missed by two shots.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Li Haotong kept his one-stroke lead at the BMW International Open in Munich, while Ryan Fox moved up to second with a strong round of 8-under 64.

Li shot a 67 for a two-round total of 15 under.

Fox completed his bogey-free round after a three-hour interruption because of lightning.

• The European tour banned golfers who competed in the Saudi-backed breakaway LIV series from three upcoming tournaments, including the Scottish Open, and fined them $123,000.

The tour said any players who took part in the inaugural LIV event in England this month would be suspended from the Scottish Open, Barbasol Championship and Barracuda Championship. All three of those events are co-sanctioned by the European tour and the PGA, which has suspended players who competed in LIV.

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