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The Tour Report

June 22 2012

6:50 PM

Hoffman’s hot start on hold

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Charley Hoffman was within one of the lead when play was suspended Friday at TPC River Highlands.

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.