Defending champion Fredrik Jacobson leads Travelers

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CROMWELL, Conn. — Defending champion Fredrik Jacobson is in a familiar spot at the Travelers Championship.

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Defending champ Fredrik Jacobson beat the rain at the Travelers Championship and is the clubhouse leader.  FRED BECKHAM/ASSOCIATED PRESS
FRED BECKHAM/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Defending champ Fredrik Jacobson beat the rain at the Travelers Championship and is the clubhouse leader.

For the second consecutive year, Jacobson had a 9-under 131 total for 36 holes, following his 4-under-par 66 on Friday. And for the second consecutive year, bad weather pushed back the completion of the second round to today.

The Swede wouldn’t mind if history kept repeating itself.

He’s trying to join Phil Mickelson, the 2001 and 2002 winner, as the only players to successfully defend a title at River Highlands.

“Any tournament is tough to win,” Jacobson said. “To win two in a row is probably tougher. But you know, you have the thing going for you that you have some good memories to draw from, so hopefully that allows a little bit to increase your chances.”

Charley Hoffman opened with a par and birdied the next five holes to move within a stroke of the lead before rain suspended play for the day. Nathan Green also was 8-under when the horn blew at 3:19 p.m. He finished nine holes.

“It was a nice five-hole run,” Hoffman said. “Obviously, I wish I probably could have kept it going a little longer, but obviously in a good frame of mind heading into tomorrow.”

It was the second weather delay of the day. The first lasted 70 minutes.

Jacobson played before the rain hit the course.

Blake Adams, of Swains­boro, Ga., had 64, the best round of the day, to join Stuart Appleby and Roland Thatcher at 7-under. Appleby had 65, and Thatcher shot 67.

Adams had five birdies on the back nine.

“I think I finally woke up,” said Adams, who bogeyed the final two in the first round for 69. “I was just kind of making some silly bogeys all day yesterday and early this morning, and I finally got rid of those silly errors and made some birdies.”

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