Brian Harman is ahead of Bubba Watson as they go into the final round of the Travelers Championship, at TPC River Highlands.
Brian shot a bogey free third round, in the rain, -5 under par 65, to top the leaderboard on the third day of the Travelers Championship with a -14 under par tournament total.
He will take a one shot lead into the final round tomorrow, where he will be paired once again with that other lefty, Bubba, who preceded him as a standout left-hander for the University of Georgia Bulldogs. Brian is looking forward to having some fun once again with his rival, and friend, Bubba;
“Bubba’s a lot of fun to play golf with.”
“He was a little before me at Georgia, so I always looked up to him, was always really proud of the way he was doing and we were always rooting for him at Georgia.”
“I’ve never played particularly well in the rain, but I try to look at today and we got a break.”
“The weather was not as bad as I thought it was going to be.”
Bubba shares second place at -13 under par with Graham DeLaet; Bubba got lucky, to shoot -2 under par today while Graham cruised round the course in -6 under par 64.
Bubba mentioned Brian after their round today, and also the lucky bounce off a tree;
“He’s a solid player, it sounds funny saying this, but he’s like a little bulldog.”
“It hit the tree and everybody roared, I had to ask the camera guy, and he said it was in the bunker.”
Graham had back surgery for a pinched nerve in 2011, a problem that he says still bothers him;
“The last couple months I’ve been moving really well and feeling a lot better.”
“My golf game is coming around too, which is nice.”
Lurking behind the top three is a group of three players on -11 under par, Paul Casey, Zach Johnson and Brandt Snedeker.
Brandt had been having some problems with his putting, which was frustrating, but today he carded a -7 under par 63;
“Funny, people gave me a hard time about my putting last year and it was bad, as bad as it’s ever been on Tour”
“But the thing is, I was hitting it the best I’ve ever hit it on Tour. So it was frustrating to say the least.”
“The putter’s been consistent all year.”
There is a storm moving into to Connecticut, and officials said Sunday’s final round will be played in threesomes, going off the 1st and 10th tees beginning at 11:30 a.m. So Bubba and Brian will be joined in the last grouping by Graham DeLaet.