Bud Cauley began Friday one stroke shy of the lead after a personal course best of 63 (-7) at the Travelers Championship (Cromwell, Conn) in the first round on Thursday. All positive efforts to move up the leader board during round two were negated. Three birdies (2, 13, 17) and a trio of bogeys (7, 16, 18) left him with a Friday score of 70 (E). He remains in contention at -7, currently tied for tenth.
His best shot of the round was a 50'5" birdie putt on the 17th hole. Another highlight was the potential disaster averted on the last hole of the day. His second shot attempt from a sand trap to the right of the fairway on the 18th lying 184 yards from the pin sailed right to left. The ball landed on the golf cart path and bounced atop the grandstand roof before falling behind the structure on the rough surface in front of the practice putting green. Cauley was allowed to move to a spot not intervening with the view of the course for his third shot. He reached the green from the 61-yard reset and two putted for a bogey.
Bobby Wyatt was seeking to continue his PGA TOUR debut on the weekend but fell short of the -1 cut line. His round two score of 68 (-2) combined with a round one 72 (+2) left him even for two days, one stroke shy of qualifying. Wyatt made a charge on the back nine with consecutive birdie putts of 25-feet and 51-feet on the 10th and 11th holes. He finished with a total of five birdies (4, 6, 10, 11, 13). A tee shot on the 15th sprayed to the right lying on the wooded hillside behind the scoreboard monitor. He preserved par by landing the second shot on the green and proceeded to sink the 11-foot putt. Wyatt was on the cusp of reaching his goal sitting at -1 for the tournament prior to the 17th hole but a tee shot went in the water for a penalty stroke. The third bogey (8, 9, 17) of the day left the newcomer with the last hole for redemption. All hopes were dashed as Wyatt missed a 16-foot birdie attempt by less than 1-foot on the 18th.
Dicky Pride had a 70 (E) in the first round and recorded a 72 (+2) on day two, leaving him three-strokes from the -1 cut line. He had two birdies (6, 15), two bogeys (8, 17) and a single double-bogey (13) on Friday.
Michael Thompson shot a 70 (E) in round two with five birdies (3, 6, 9, 13, 14), three bogeys (5, 16, 17) and a double-bogey (18). The day one effort of 73 (+3) combined with the round two score of 70 (E) left him four shots short of the -1 cut line.
Cauley is scheduled to tee off for round three of the Travelers Championship at 1:10 PM ET, Saturday.
Television schedule for Rounds 3 & 4:
Saturday, 6/21 1-2:30 PM ET Golf Channel, 3-6 PM ET CBS
Sunday, 6/22 1-2:30 PM ET Golf Channel, 3-6 PM ET CBS
John Garcia Jr. contributed to this feature.