CROMWELL, Conn. – Englishman Brian Davis shot a 6-under 64, and Roland Thatcher had a 65 on Saturday to share the third-round lead in the Travelers Championship at 12 under.
Both are looking for their first win on the PGA Tour.
Davis made an early move, shooting a 29 on the front nine with six birdies. Thatcher overtook him with three straight birdies on the back nine and had a one-stroke lead before missing a 7-foot par putt on the 17th hole.
I executed just really well in that stretch, Thatcher said. It’s easy to say they’re easy holes, and that’s what you should do, but you still have to execute.
Seventeen other players were within five strokes of the lead entering the final round.
John Rollins, James Driscoll and Stuart Appleby were two strokes back. Defending champion Fredrik Jacobson, who led after two rounds, shot an even-par 70 to remain at 9 under.
Davis said his fast start was helped by the thunderstorms that pushed the finish of the second round to Saturday morning and softened up the greens.
I didn’t even realize I had shot 29, said Davis, who has been a runner-up on the PGA Tour five times. I was just playing and everything was going right. Then obviously we hit the turn and we had the wind pick up for about three holes and it was playing tough all of the sudden.
Four of the last six winners at River Highlands have been first-time winners on the tour – Jacobson last year, Bubba Watson in 2010, Hunter Mahan in 2007 and J.J. Henry in 2006.
Davis, Thatcher and Driscoll would like to join that club.
But it’s not something that is going to help me win, said Driscoll, who followed an opening round 68 with consecutive 66s. The only thing that is going to help me win is if I keep doing what I’m doing. But, it is hopefully a good omen.
LPGA: In Waterloo, Ontario, South Korea’s Inbee Park shot a 5-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead after the third round of the inaugural Manulife Financial LPGA Classic.
The 2008 U.S. Women’s Open champion had a 14-under 199 total at Grey Silo. Brittany Lang and Hee Kyung Seo shot a 67 to reach 12 under.
Former Fort Wayne resident Amanda Blumenherst missed the cut, finishing 6 over.
CHAMPIONS: In Sainte-Julie, Quebec, Bob Tway shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Mark Calcavecchia after the second round of the Montreal Championship. Tway had a 9-under 135 total on Vallee du Richelieu Golf Club’s Vercheres Course.
EUROPEAN: In Pulheim, Germany, England’s Danny Willett is chasing his first European Tour victory after shooting a 69 and leading by a shot at 12 under after three rounds of the BMW International Open. Willett moved ahead of England’s Chris Wood (70) and Chilean-born Swede Joel Sjoholm (72) on the Gut Larcenhof course.
U.S. WOMEN’S PUBLIC LINKS: In Neshanic Station, N.J., Kyung Kim defeated Ashlan Ramsey 4 and 2 in the 36-hole final at Neshanic Valley to win the title. Kim, from Chandler, Ariz., took a 2-up lead with a birdie on the 32nd hole, won the 33rd with another birdie and took the 34th with a par to close out the match.