McIlroy and Spieth bounce back from US Open

Rory Mc Ilroy on the 18th hole

Rory Mc Ilroy on the 18th hole

Brian Harman shot a 4-under 66 on Friday to move to 10-under par and watched that hold up for the second-round lead in the Travelers Championship, thanks in part to a 10-second rule.

Americans Jordan Spieth and Zach Johnson share the lead on seven under par at TPC River Highlands.

"After 10 seconds, the ball was moving and at that point even if the ball is moving, It's deemed to be at rest, because it's on the lip", Johnson said. "I just regret I hadn't been playing here my entire PGA Tour career".

Harman had his short game working for the second consecutive day, taking 26 putts after needing only 23 during the first round.

"I would't say it was big, or necessary, or anything". "I've had a lot of good looks at it". "It's sort of hard because my body has changed quite a bit since then and the feelings I have, but the feeling I have right now is the feeling I had in the middle of 2009". He hit 12 of the 14 fairways and only missed three greens.

Bryson DeChambeau, Paul Casey and Russell Henley were two strokes back going into the weekend. Tied for the lead going to the 18th, McIlroy missed a 10-foot putt for par to end up at six-under for the round.

"There are tournaments on the PGA Tour that could be great fits for me and this is one of those", Spieth said. I don't feel like I have to (add another tournament), but it certainly could help. "That's as good an up and down as I've ever witnessed or performed".

The first round of the Travelers Championship took on the aura of a major on Thursday, with three major champions and their nine major victories occupying the top of the leader board.

Spieth said the joyful chest-bump celebration with his caddie has gotten more attention than the shot.

Spieth didn't try to replicate his magnificent bunker blast during a practice round. McIlroy also went out in a four under 31.

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Fowler and Leishman have been playing solid and would love another good week before crossing over to Scotland for the Open Championship. "I don't know what it is about the hole, but that hole, I get on the tee and for whatever reason I struggle".

"I'm trying to get back to the way I swung in 2010, 2011. I think it showed kind of coming in". It was pretty much just Bubba today.

Johnson, the 2007 Masters and 2015 British Open champion, made spectacular back-to-back birdies, sinking a 32-foot putt at the fourth and holing out from 73 feet at the par-three fifth.

The two-time major victor later had company at the summit as Spieth showed signs of rediscovering his touch on the greens, making six birdies while also holing out from a greenside bunker for an eagle at the sixth - reviving memories of his dramatic winning shot from the sand at 18 in a play-off against Daniel Berger last season.

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