Travelers Championship. Brian Harman Ahead of Bubba.

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Brian Harman is ahead of Bubba Watson as they go into the final round of the Travelers Championship, at TPC River Highlands.

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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.




Travelers Championship. Bubba Buoyant at the Top

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Bubba Watson is buoyant at the top of the Travelers Championship leaderboard at TPC Harding Park, letting his putter do the talking.

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Bubba carded a bogey free second round -3 under par 67 to keep himself afloat at the top of the Travelers Championship leaderboard, maintaining his two shot advantage over the field. He said a red-hot putter was working well on these perfect greens. He was drug tested after the round Friday, and joked that he hoped he passed it;

“It’s just my mind right now, over the putts, I’m thinking well,  these greens are perfect. These greens are running so smoothly.

“Some of the holes were playing a little bit longer because of the wind.”

“The wind was in a different direction, so it just made the course a little bit tougher.”

“I hope I passed it, it’s usually when you’re at the top of the leaderboard they want to drug test you, especially me.”

Three players are tied in second place at -9 under par, Brian Stuard, Brian Harmon and Carl Pettersson.

Brian Harmon was happy to keep Bubba in sight, he also shot a -5 under par 67 today;

“That was kind of a nice momentum-keeper going into the weekend.”

Low round of the day went to Nick Watney, he signed for a -6 under par 64, which took him into a T8  position on the leaderboard at -7 under par, in a huge group of players.

Strangest news of the tournament concerns Keegan Bradley, who has updated his Saint Vitus Dance pre-shot routine to a new absurd level. On Friday he took almost a full minute before addressing the ball with his approach shot at the par four 14th hole. There were 19 mini-practice swings, up-and-back, club-twirling dance steps before hitting his shot, in this latest rendition of his twitchy routine. Like it or not Keegan is in the group at -7 under par, so unfortunately for those of us who have to watch that routine, it does seem to work for him.

Among those missing the cut, which was made at -2 under par, was Ernie Els,  defending champion Kevin StreelmanPadraig HarringtonHunter Mahan and Louis Oosthuizen.

The Claret Jug was on display at the Travelers Championship on Friday, this was a reminder to players that four spots and as many as nine in that tournament are up for grabs this week. The leading five players, who are not already exempt from the top 20 in the FedExCup will be part of the field at St. Andrews next month contesting The Open.

Jason Gore has never played at The Open, in all the years that he has been a professional;

“I’ve been in professional golf for 18 years now and I’ve never been to Europe.”

“So that just blows my mind. It blows a lot of people’s mind. Playing at St. Andrews would be a lot of fun, but we’ve got a long way to go.”

He has a chance to qualify this week, currently T5 at -8 under par.






Travelers Championship. Bubba Breaks Free.

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Bubba Watson breaks free to lead the Travelers Championship by two shots at the end of day one at TPC River Highlands.

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Bubba carded a -8 under par 62 at the Travelers Championship, to top the leaderboard, he likes this tournament, claiming his  first career victory at the Travelers, in 2010.

He leads the driving stats here on day 1, averaging 325 yards off the tee, the longest being 354 yards. Bubba says coming from Chambers Bay to here is so refreshing, especially the perfect greens;

“Coming off a U.S. Open every golf course we play is going to feel easier.”

“So coming off that golf course, it doesn’t matter what you shoot. It’s hard to make birdies around there.”

“This golf course seems like it’s gettable, and we all feel that way, so the guys that played in the U.S. Open maybe feel better about their game when they get here.”

“Around here you can make birdies. You have perfect greens.”

“If I drive it halfway decent, I’m going to have short irons, I’m going to have wedges.”

“I think we counted up around five holes that aren’t wedges, so that means if my wedges are halfway decent I’m going to have a lot of birdie putts.”

There are a bunch of five players tied in second place at -6 under par, including Keegan Bradley, another U.S. Open casualty;

“It’s totally different, isn’t it?”

“You’re playing the ball, trying to play the ball down on the ground, and last week at Chambers Bay, everything is brown and quite dusty, and yeah, pristine conditions.”

“It was a big change, a really big change. I think a lot of the guys might see a couple more smiles this week than last week.”

“I put a lot of pressure on myself in every tournament, but this one especially just because I’ve got a lot of people here. I know a lot of the fans are rooting for me. I can feel it.”

Keegan is joined T2 by Seung- Yul Noh, Brian Stuard, Harris English and Jason Gore.

Harris liked that he could hit some good wedge shots here;

“You can hit a lot of good wedge shots to 8, 10, 12 feet. If you don’t make them, it kind of hurts, it stops the momentum. But I feel like I made some of those and kept it going.”

Ernie Els is making his first appearance since 2002 and was among a multitude of players at -4 under par, with rounds of 66.

Ernie is trying to pick up a few more FedExCup points for this year, he usually jets off to Europe;

“This is quite close to Europe, it’s only 5 1/2 hours away.”




Travelers Championship. Kevin Crushes It.

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Kevin Streelman crushes the course to win the Travelers Championship.


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Kevin carded seven birdies in a row to score a final round of -6 under par 64, and win the Travelers Championship with a -15 under par total.

“It’s probably my favorite nine holes on the PGA Tour, but you can’t plan for something like that to happen. It just kind of falls into place. I had 10 one-putts in a row, that’s something I’ve definitely never done before. I didn’t have too many expectations coming here.”

“I knew when that putt fell on 16 that something kind of special was happening. I was thinking about her (Sophie) on those last couple of putts. I was thinking, `You know what? If these go in, great. If not, great. She’s going to love me either way and we have a nice family vacation coming up either way.”

“When you’re in the zone like that, when athletes talk about being in the zone, everything is really slow, and it’s really clear and concise, and it’s very vivid, the lines are easy to see. The hole seems to appear bigger. It’s almost to a point it doesn’t matter how you read the putts because you just know they’re going in before you hit them.”

Sergio Garcia and K.J. Choi tied for second place, at -14 under par, Sergio said it was just not his day;

“At the end of the day he played really, really well, I feel like I played quite nicely and it just wasn’t my time.”



Travelers Championship. Ryan Wants More Chips.

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Ryan Moore chipped in for Eagle as he ascended the leaderboard at the Travelers Championship.

Ryan Moore carded a 66 to take a one-shot lead on Saturday. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

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Ryan carded a third round -4 under par, which included a chip in for eagle at the par five 6th hole. He now sits atop the Travelers Championship leaderboard at -13 under par, a one shot lead. He reported that he likes the grass here, and is used to chipping well on it;

“It’s just funny how weeks go. This is the type of grass and everything I grew up on, and I think I’m comfortable with chipping and the putting aspects on this golf course and I think that’s where the success comes from.”

“Today was a great examples of ‘It doesn’t have to be pretty’ to shoot a great golf score. I honestly didn’t feel great all day hitting the ball, but drove it well enough to kind of keep myself out of trouble.”

“I generally don’t tend to over practice here in general, but I’ve even cut back a little bit, I think it’s good. I’ve kind of showed up every day with a good focus and just ready to go play golf.”

“This is a tournament I really want to win and I know it’s a tournament I can win.”

Ozzie Aaron Baddeley is in second place at -12 under par for the tournament, he thinks it is possible to birdie every hole here;

“Around here you feel like you should birdie every hole. There are a lot of birdie holes out there.” 

Sergio Garcia, K.J. Choi, Scott Langley and Michael Putnam are all tied for third position at -11 under par.

Sergio is enjoying his golf, but not the exit of Spain from the World Cup in Brasil;

“It’s been a solid season so far, there’s no question I’d like to have played better at the Masters and last week at the US Open.”

“We’ve had such great six years with two European Cups and one World Cup. I wasn’t expecting for the team to not get through the group stages, but I thought the season was getting very long,  maybe they get to the quarterfinals, semifinals, they would play very well. But it’s different out there in South America for the European teams, so it was a little disappointing on that aspect. But there’s nothing that I can do.”

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Travelers Championship. Langley One Ahead at Half-way.

dragon logo darkTravelers Championship Logo Scott Langley is one shot ahead of a packed field in the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands. Scott Langley backed his opening 64 with a 65 to take the 36-hole lead at TPC River Highlands. (Michael Cohen/Getty Images) Scott Langley / Getty Images Scott returned a second round score of -5 under par 65 to lead the Travelers Championship by one shot at -11 under par.  He carded eight birdies, a double bogey and a bogey in his second round at TPC River Highlands. Scott will not be thinking about any special possibilities that could be ahead; “ I’ve been in contention, I played in the final group on Sunday at Memorial. This weekend, I’m not going to think about possibilities. I’m not going to think about what it means to win. I’m not going to think about any of that stuff. I’m just going to keep my head down and play my game.” He was also annoyed about the double bogey; “I was ticked off because it was such an easy mistake, a simple wedge shot. I’ve given myself a lot of short birdie opportunities the first two days. Those are nice, when you start adding up three, four and five almost tap-in birdies, that just really kind of boosts you up.” On this low scoring congested leaderboard Michael Putnam, Harris English and K.J. Choi are just a stroke back at -10 under par. Michael shot -7 under par 63, matching the best round of the day. Harris shot a 64, and K.J. a second round 65. Michael said his 63 could have been even better, but a three putt got in the way; “It was a perfect day for scoring. It left myself in some good spots and made a couple putts. I actually three-putted 13 for par so it could have been even better.” The defending champion Ken Duke has a -3 under par tournament total, after a very sad +2 over par 72 second round, which kind of blew away his good round yesterday of 65; “I hit a lot of bad shots and I have no excuse for it, but yeah, it’s good to finish strong and be here for the weekend. That’s what you always want to do.” The Masters champion Bubba Watson, the 2010 Travelers winner, followed his opening 67 with a +2 over par 72 to make the cut by a stroke at -1 under par. Looking at the scoring here so far I think the winner will have four rounds in the low 60’s, it’s just a case of  How Low Can You Go.

Travelers Championship. Brendon Shows his Steele with the Short Stick.

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Brendon Steele showed his steel at the Travelers Championship, needing only 26 putts in his opening round at TPC River Highlands.

Brendan Steele was rolling -- literally -- in the first round of the Travelers Championship. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)


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Brendon carded  first round -8 under par 62 to lead the tournament by one shot. This is the result of him ditching the long putter and reverting to a conventional short stick;

“I always kind of work with it, I made the change because I had nothing to lose at U.S. Open qualifying because I shot 74 in the morning,” Steele said. So it was a good time to do it.”

The thoughts of a 59 did enter his mind;

“The thoughts crept in, if they don’t creep in, do I shoot 59, do I shoot 65? I don’t know. That’s hard to say, but it definitely was in the back of my mind, so probably amped me up a little bit more, so made everything a little bit tougher.”

Two players shared second place at -7 under par, they are Ryan Moore and Bud Cauley.

Ryan spoke about his 63, and it is much easier than last week;

“There are probably a few factors, being that it’s the week after the U.S. Open I think helps.  Golf just seems so much easier when you’re not playing on a U.S. Open golf course.”

“Besides that, I’m from the Pacific Northwest, and the grass and the greens are very similar to this, so it kind of always has a little feel of what I grew up on, which I think that just adds a certain amount of comfort. The tee shots and second shots into the greens, I’m very comfortable with them.”

“I was relaxed and comfortable and just went out and played golf today instead of overdoing it and over-thinking it, which I feel like I’ve maybe done a little lately, I’ve been practicing too much.”

There are a bunch of five guys tied at -6 under par, on this tightly packed leaderboard, and this is shaping up to be a very low scoring tournament.

A moment of brilliance came from Trevor Immelman, he made a rare albatross, (not a double eagle) at the par five 13th hole. He knocked a 3-wood from 246 yards, and into the hole. Well done Trevor.

He said that he and his caddie thought the ball had gone through the green, until they heard the cheers from the crowd;

“For a minute we thought it had gone over the green, and then we saw the ball come back. It was just cresting the air and came back, and I said to my caddie that’s got a chance, and then the next thing the guys by the green were jumping up.”

By a strange coincidence, over the last three years, there have been eight albatrosses on the PGA TOUR. and a South African has had one each year,Charl Schwartzel made one at last year’s RBC Canadian Open, then Louis Oosthuizen carded one during the final round of the 2012 Masters.