Charley Hoffman Leads Despite Struggles in 2nd Round

Charley Hoffman headed into the clubhouse with the lead after struggling in round 2, thanks to his near course record 61 in round 1.
Charley Hoffman headed into the clubhouse with the lead after struggling in round 2, thanks to his near course record 61 in round 1.

Charley Hoffman dominated the course at the Traveler’s Championship during yesterday’s opening round, posting a 61. The second round did not go as well as he had hopped, struggling to a 73 that was twelve shots worse than yesterday, however Charley Hoffman still holds the lead as he enters the clubhouse today.

The second round today was a 3 over par 73 that featured a 37 on the front nine and a 36 on the back nine. His total score for the tournament is 134, and currently has him at 6 under par overall. Today he struggled to reach greens in regulation, posting just 11. He was able to piece together two birdies, but cancelled them out with a double bogey and three other bogeys.

Proving that it is difficult to dominate a course in back to back days of a tournament, Charley Hoffman was able to continue to hold the lead despite his second round struggles at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut.

His opening round saw him flirt with the course record of 59 before ultimately finishing with a 61. His eagles on holes number ten and 12 set the stage for his run at the record, however he would only get as close as 9 under following a birdie on hole 16.

Despite not setting the course record for his first round performance, he was able to post the lowest nine hole score the PGA has seen so far this season with a 28 on the back nine.

The two par fives were not as kind to him in the second round, as he struggled on the long holes finishing at three over par compared to posting two eagles in the opening round.

Comfortable and successful on the course, he said that “I think this is the most comfortable course on Tour for me,” after his opening round. He was a contender in last year’s event at the course, until losing his two shot lead by playing the last three holes at three over par.

Charley Hoffman may have struggled in round two, however he does have the lead as he heads into the clubhouse today. He will be looking to avenge his collapse last year with two strong rounds to finish the tournament. Successful and comfortable on the course previously, he should be able to put together a solid round to make up for his second round struggles tomorrow.

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