June 22 2012
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
CROMWELL, Conn. -- Charley Hoffman wishes play didn’t get suspended in the second round of the Travelers Championship.
For good reason.
Hoffman had just made his fifth straight birdie to move within a stroke of the lead when the horn sounded signaling a second and what turned out to be final stoppage in play Friday.
“It was a nice five-hole run,” said Hoffman, who was 5 under through his first six holes on the back nine at TPC River Highlands. “Any time you can make a bunch of birdies, no matter at the beginning of the round, end of the round, middle of the round, it's a good feeling.”
Hoffman, like several players, experienced a couple of delays Friday. He’d hit just two shots on No. 10 when the horn sounded just before 1 p.m. because of dangerous weather in the area.
A little more than an hour later play resumed, and Hoffman started his charge.
He hit his approach to 10 feet on the par-3 11th and made his first birdie of the day before sinking another 10-footer on No. 12.
Hoffman reached the par-5 13th in two and two-putted from 30 feet for a third straight birdie before making two more the next two holes.
When Hoffman resumes his round at 7 a.m. Saturday, he’ll be on the par-3 16th, where he made par in the opening round.