Brendan Steele put together two good rounds so far this week at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut to go into weekend play with a 4-under-par 68-68 -- 136. He now stands tied for 17th, only four shots off the lead.

The Idyllwild native came out smoking Friday with three consecutive birdies at the 2nd through 4th holes, draining putts of 7, 29 and 15 feet to make it happen.

At the halfway point, Brendan has found 71 percent of the fairways with drives averaging 305 yards, the longest being a 354-yard boomer at the 18th hole on Friday.

B tees off today, Saturday at 9:15 a.m. PDT.

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