How it happened: Watson takes Travelers lead

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Charley Hoffman shot a 9-under 61 to take the first-round lead at the Travelers Championship, but it was Bubba Watson who assumed the top spot heading into the weekend.

Watson shot 3-under 67 on Friday to move to 10 under while Hoffman slipped with a second-round 73 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn. Watson leads Patrick Reed and Padraig Harrington by two shots.

Hunter Mahan, Webb Simpson, Keegan Bradley, Zach Johnson and U.S. Open champion Justin Rose are all at T-12 or better.

Check out complete third-round tee times and pairings here.

See how it all unfolded Friday at the Travelers:

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Update No. 29: 6:45 p.m. EDT

The cut is officially even par as 83 players make it into the weekend. Among those just getting in at even par are Rickie Fowler, Tim Clark and Lee Westwood.

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Update No. 28: 5:59 p.m. EDT

The cut line is back to 1 under with 71 players currently inside the number. There are five players at 1 under with golf still to play, so even being the cut is still a possibility.

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Update No. 27: 5:57 p.m. EDT

Most of the top of the leaderboard is finished. Padraig Harrington just wrapped up a second straight 4-under 66 and he'll enter the weekend in a tie for second with Patrick Reed at 8 under. They are two shots back of leader Bubba Watson.

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Update No. 26: 5:34 p.m. EDT

The projected cut is back to even, meaning 83 players would be in the weekend should things end the way they are now.

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Update No. 25: 5:14 p.m. EDT

The projected cut is back to 1 under, which is where some big names currently sit. Rickie Fowler, Lee Westwood, Harris English, Freddie Jacobson and Robert Garrigus are all 1 under with golf still to be played today.

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Update No. 24: 5:10 p.m. EDT

A bogey by Tommy Gainey at the par-4 18th drops him back to 7 under and keeps him from his second straight 66. He's in the clubhouse with a 3-under 67.

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Update No. 23: 4:49 p.m. EDT

The projected cut has moved to even par, although 69 players are at 1 under. Those around the cut line include newly turned pro Chris Williams, who shot 68 today to move to 1 under, and Lee Westwood, who is even par, 3 over through 12 holes today.

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Update No. 22: 4:14 p.m. EDT

Tommy Gainey is 3 under through 14 holes today to move to 7 under overall. Since his victory last year at the McGladrey Classic, Gainey has finished better than T-32 just once (T-6 at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions). He's also missed 13 cuts in 20 events this season, including four in his past five starts.

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Update No. 21: 4 p.m. EDT

Webb Simpson is now within three shots of the lead after a birdie at the par-4 12th, which moved him to 7 under.

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Update No. 20: 3:34 p.m. EDT

Hunter Mahan makes his first bogey of the tournament, at the par-4 ninth hole. That drops him back to 8 under overall.

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Update No. 19: 3:14 p.m. EDT

The current projected cut is still 1 under. Those below that mark who are still on the course include Harris English (even), Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (1 over) and Davis Love III (2 over).

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Update No. 18: 2:55 p.m. EDT

A birdie at the par-4 seventh gives Hunter Mahan his first of the day, and moves him to 9 under, one shot back of leader Bubba Watson.

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Update No. 17: 2:29 p.m. EDT

Padraig Harrington has four birdies in his first seven holes, and he's moved to 8 under for the tournament.

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Update No. 16: 2:20 p.m. EDT

After six holes, Hunter Mahan is still at even par for the day. He's also remained at 8 under overall, two back of leader Bubba Watson.

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Update No. 15: 1:57 p.m. EDT

Birdies at Nos. 12-13 have Padraig Harrington at 6 under, 2 under through four holes today.

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Update No. 14: 1:35 p.m. EDT

Justin Thomas closes with five birdies in his last seven holes to move to 2 under. The projected cut is still at 1 under, but Thomas isn't safe yet.

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Update No. 13: 1:30 p.m. EDT

Hunter Mahan is even through three holes today and he remains at 8 under, two back of Bubba Watson.

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Update No. 12: 12:51 p.m. EDT

The projected cut is currently 1 under. Among those on the outside looking in right now is amateur Justin Thomas. The Alabama junior is 2 under through 15 holes today, but is even par for the tournament.

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Update No. 11: 12:34 p.m. EDT

Bubba Watson just finished up a 3-under 67. He holds a two-shot lead at 10 under as the morning waves are finishing up and the afternoon groups are beginning to start their rounds.

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Update No. 10: 12:25 p.m. EDT

In two rounds since his U.S. Open victory, Justin Rose has shot 67-68. He's 5 under entering the weekend.

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Update No. 9: 12:10 p.m. EDT

Patrick Reed's 4-under 66 Friday has him at 8 under and in a tie for second. Of his last nine PGA Tour rounds, he's shot in the 60s in seven of them.

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Update No. 8: 11:57 a.m. EDT

A birdie at the par-5 six hole moves Bubba Watson to 10 under. Watson has now birdied both par-5s in each of the first two rounds.

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Update No. 7: 11:50 a.m. EDT

Tag Ridings closed his second round with three birdies in his last four holes to wrap up a 5-under 65. He's 7 under for the tournament. It's his best round of the 2013 PGA Tour season, besting his previous low of 67. Ridings is also searching for his first top-10 of the season.

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Update No. 6: 11:25 a.m. EDT

A day after shooting 9-under 61, Charley Hoffman turns in a second-round 73. He's 6 under, three shots back of leader Bubba Watson, who is 2 under through 14 holes today, 9 under overall.

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Update No. 5: 10:48 a.m. EDT

Keegan Bradley is making a run up the leaderboard. Bradley is 4 under through 12 holes today, and is now 5 under overall. Bradley finished runner-up at the HP Byron Nelson Championship last month, but has missed three cuts and finished no better than T-50 in five other starts since the beginning of April.

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Update No. 4: 10:29 a.m. EDT

Charley Hoffman drops back to 7 under after bogey at the par-4 fourth hole. Also at 7 under is Patrick Reed, who is coming off his best finish of the season – a fifth-place showing at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Reed is 3 under through 13 holes today.

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Update No. 3: 10:05 a.m. EDT

U.S. Open champ Justin Rose is 2 under through nine holes today to move to 5 under. Also at 5 under is last year's U.S. Open winner, Webb Simpson.

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Update No. 2: 9:44 a.m. EDT

A birdie at the par-3 16th moves Bubba Watson to 8 under, which puts him in a tie for the lead. Watson is 1 under through seven holes today. He's joined in the lead by Hunter Mahan and Charley Hoffman, who just recently moved back to 8 under after a second straight birdie, at No. 3.

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Update No. 1: 9:28 a.m. EDT

Charley Hoffman had the first tee time this morning at 6:50 a.m., and through 11 holes, he's 2 over for the day. That means he's fallen out of the lead. At 7 under, Hoffman is tied with Bubba Watson, who is through six holes, and is a shot back of leader Hunter Mahan, who tees off at 12:50 p.m.

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Thursday coverage

5 Things: Mahan picks up where he left off

The first round of the Travelers Championship was filled with smiles, laugher and goodwill as the scoring was low at TPC River Highlands after high scores last week at the U.S. Open at Merion. Here are 5 Things you need to know from Cromwell, Conn.

How it happened: Hoffman fires 61, leads by 1

Charley Hoffman fired an opening-round bogey-free 61 at the PGA Tour's Travelers Championship and leads by one over Hunter Mahan at TPC River Highlands. See how it happened with our Tour Tracker

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Pre-tournament coverage

Mahan leads predictions for Travelers Championships

Excuse the golf world as it recovers from its U.S. Open hangover, but it will need to shake off the cobwebs quickly as an impressive field will tee it up this week at the Travelers Championship. It is Hunter Mahan that a pair of our fantasy panelists believe will recover from his late fall down the leaderboard at Merion to capture his second Travelers title.

Thomas, former college trio set for pro starts this week

Alabama junior Justin Thomas and former Washington standout Chris Williams are set to play in this week's Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands on unrestricted sponsor exemptions. Across the pond, Brandon Stone and Pontus Widegren will make their professional debuts this week on the European Tour.

Tee times, pairings for first round of Travelers Championship

See the complete groups for the first and second rounds of the PGA Tour's Travelers Championship – when U.S. Open champ Justin Rose plays, and with whom, along with Jason Dufner, Hunter Mahan, Ian Poulter, Webb Simpson, Lee Westwood and more stars.

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