Scottie Scheffler lurking, Collin Morikawa shining among 5 things we learned Friday at the 2024 Travelers Championship

Rain and lightning around TPC River Highlands suspended the second round of the 2024 Travelers Championship at 4:13 p.m. local time on Friday with 14 golfers still on the course. For an hour the skies above the course rumbled as spectators who had endured sauna-like conditions headed to shelter and, in many cases, their cars to head home for the night.

Before the rain delay, Tom Kim, who slept on the lead after shooting an opening-round 62 on Thursday, gave himself a nice 22nd birthday present Friday by carding a 65 that put him at 13 under.

Collin Morikawa improved on his opening-round 66 by three shots, shooting a bogey-free 63 on Friday to reach 11 under. Shortly after he finished, 2024 PGA Championship winner Xander Schauffele sighed for a second-consecutive 65 to tie Morikawa and Akshay Bhatia, whose 64-65 start also leaves him at 11 under after two rounds on the par-70 course.

The last thing that anyone in the field with aspirations of winning the Travelers Championship wanted to see on Friday was world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler making a bunch of birdies in a row — and that’s exactly what was happening before the horn blew.

A good chip shot on the par-5 13th hole set up a 4-foot birdie before Scheffler drained an 18-foot birdie putt on the par-4 14th hole to reach 4 under for the day. Then on the 297-yard par-4 15th hole, the two-time Masters champion hit a pitch shot from 82 feet that finished 6 feet from the hole to set up a third-consecutive birdie.

Scheffler missed a 13-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole after play resumed but made his 8-footer on the 18th hole to reach 11 under and enter a tie with Morikawa and Bhatia. He left TPC River Highlands at 10 under, tied for fourth with Schauffele, but with a rain-softened course to return to on Saturday.

“After the delay, I came out and hit some really nice shots. It was nice to birdie 18 to finish,” Scheffler said. “Before that, I feel like I played a lot of solid golf and did some good things, so overall, it was, I think, a pretty solid day.”

So, the man who has five wins and has earned over $24 million in official prize money has shot 65-64 and is going to be a factor this weekend.

When it comes to playing high-level golf, Scheffler has set a pretty high standard for golfers on the PGA Tour this season, but over the last month, Collin Morikawa has been on a heater of his own. Yes, the world’s No. 7 golfer has yet to win, but he’s earned three top-five finishes in his last four events, and after his second-round 63 at the Travelers Championship, he’s in contention again heading into the weekend.

“I know where the ball’s going, so that helps,” he said on Friday. “Obviously, I want to be able to get the win, and that’s kind of what’s stopping me from being on a great run. It’s a big mental mindset. When you know where the ball’s going, it’s a lot easier to play golf, and I’ve kind of been able to trust that. But just kind of going through the rounds, not getting too frustrated about a bad shot, because I know the good ones are really good right now.”

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