2014 Travelers Championship (The 32nd of 41 events in the PGA TOUR Season), Cromwell, Conn.,June 16-22, 2014; FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner at TPC River Highlands; Par/Yardage: 35-35—70/6,841; Purse: $6,200,000 ($1,116,000) – Third-Round Notes – Saturday, June 21, 2014
Ryan Moore (pictured by Getty Images)
Making his ninth consecutive start in the Travelers Championship, Ryan Moore has carded one eagle in each round so far. In rounds one and three, he made three at the sixth hole, and in round two, he chipped in from 40 feet for an eagle-two at No. 15.
Moore is in search of his fifth top-10 finish at TPC River Highlands (T2/2006, T4/2009, T6/2011 and T7/2013).
Moore, who won the CIMB Classic in the third event of the 2013-14 PGA TOUR Season, is looking to join Jimmy Walker (3), Patrick Reed (2), Bubba Watson (2) and Martin Kaymer (2) as multiple winners on TOUR this season.
In addition to his win in Malaysia earlier this season, Moore also won the 2009 Wyndham Championship and 2012 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Moore is making his 17th start of the season this week and, in addition to the win, collected top-10 finishes at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open (T9), Hyundai Tournament of Champions (10th) and Waste Management Phoenix Open (T6). Moore finished T48 at last week’s U.S. Open.
Moore has previously held a lead-co-lead after 54 holes four times. The two which resulted in victory were the 2012 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and 2013 CIMB Classic.
Third-Round Leader Stats
The best opening 54-hole score at the Travelers Championship since moving to TPC River Highlands is 17-under 193, posted by Mark Calcavecchia in 2000 (finished second).
Dating to 2000, the third-round leader/co-leader at the Travelers Championship has gone on to four times, but not since Stewart Cink in 2008.
Through 30 stroke-play events on the PGA TOUR this season, 16 third-round leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win. Most recently, Martin Kaymer won in wire-to-wire fashion at last week’s U.S. Open.
In his 10th start at the Travelers Championship, Aaron Baddeley is in search of his first top-20 finish at TPC River Highlands. His best showing of T24 came in 2011. Baddeley missed the cut in Cromwell last year.
A three-time winner on the PGA TOUR, Baddeley is looking for his first win since the 2011 Northern Trust Open. His first two wins came at the 2006 RBC Heritage and 2007 Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Baddeley has not been able to string together three sub-70 rounds on the PGA TOUR since opening 67-68-69 at the 2012 Travelers Championship (T37).
With a win this week, Baddeley would join Jason Day (World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship), John Senden (Valspar Championship), Steven Bowditch (Valero Texas Open), Matt Jones (Shell Houston Open) and Adam Scott (Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial) as Australians to win on the PGA TOUR this season.
Should he win, Baddeley would become the second Australian winner of the Travelers Championship in the last three years (Marc Leishman/2012), and third overall (Greg Norman/1995).
Though he grew up in Australia, Baddeley was actually born in nearby Lebanon, New Hampshire while his parents worked in the area.
In just his third start at the Travelers Championship, and first since 2009 (T43), Sergio Garcia has played the TPC River Highlands layout in 10-under on the back nine and just 1-under on the front through three rounds.
Garcia came into the week with just nine PGA TOUR starts under his belt this season, though five have resulted in top-10 finishes. He most recently finished third at THE PLAYERS Championship in May. Garcia is coming off a T35 finish at last week’s U.S. Open.
Garcia is in search of his ninth career win on the PGA TOUR this week, and first since the 2012 Wyndham Championship.
For the second time this week (R1), Garcia found 10/14 fairways in regulation (71.4 percent), though his number of putts needed improved. In rounds one and two, he took 30 and 31, respectively, but need just 26 in today’s third round.
With 43/54 greens hit in regulation through three rounds (79.6 percent), he ranks T2 among the field.
Eight-time PGA TOUR winner K.J. Choi is in search of his first win since the 2011 PLAYERS Championship.
Choi is making his 367th on the PGA TOUR this week and 15th of the season. His best finish is a T2 at the Farmers Insurance Open.
Choi is making his sixth start in the Travelers Championship this week, with a best finish of T18 in 2003. Before last year’s T43 finish at TPC River Highlands, Choi had not competed in the event since 2006 (T44).
Second-round leader Scott Langley could manage no better than even-par 70 in round three, and will begin Sunday’s final round two strokes back in a tie for third.
Langley trailed Bubba Watson by a stroke at 11-under after 54 holes at the Memorial Tournament, before a final-round, 7-over 79 resulted in a T28.
Coming off four straight missed cuts (PLAYERS Championship, the Memorial, FedEx St. Jude Classic and U.S. Open), Kevin Streelman posted a 6-under 64 in round three. The 64 is his lowest score since posting a 7-under 63 in round three of the 2011 Travelers Championship, where he finished T6. Streelman will begin Sunday’s final round four strokes back.
At 2-under and 11 strokes back through 54 holes, John Daly followed a quadruple-bogey-eight on the 10th hole with a birdie-birdie-eagle run at Nos. 11, 12 and 13. Daly finished even for the day.
A handful of players in this week’s field celebrated birthdays Saturday; Sang-Moon Bae (28), Russell Knox (29), William McGirt (35) and Matt Kuchar (36). Dustin Johnson turns 30 Sunday.
Three players in the Travelers Championship field have only a couple starts remaining as part of their Major Medical Exemptions:
Player Events Remaining (including Travelers) Money Needed Through 54 holes
Steve Marino 2 $325,431 T55
Paul Goydos 3 $556,295 MC
John Mallinger 1 $261,126 MC
With John Mallinger’s missed cut, he loses PGA TOUR status and will return to the Web.com Tour.
R1: 13 players.
R2: Jamie Lovemark (63), Billy Hurley (66), Camilo Villegas (66), Nick Watney (66) and Bo Van Pelt (68).
R3: Kevin Streelman (64), William McGirt (66) and Ryan Moore (66).
Scoring Averages at the par-70 TPC River Highlands:
Front 9 Back 9 Total Cumulative
R1: 34.716 34.658 69.374 —
R2: 35.155 35.148 70.303 69.839
R3: 34.831 34.649 69.481 69.767
The par-4 fourth hole played the toughest during the third round, yielding a 4.273 average and just seven birdies. The par-5 sixth hole was the easiest with a 4.597 average.
In February, Travelers announced an agreement with the PGA TOUR to extend the company’s title sponsorship of Connecticut’s only professional golf event, the Travelers Championship through 2024. Travelers began its sponsorship of the tournament in 2007.
Weather: Sunny, with afternoon highs in the mid-70s. Winds W 8-12 mph.
Ryan Moore 63-68-66—197 (-13)
Aaron Baddeley 67-66-65—198 (-12)
Scott Langley 64-65-70—199 (-11)
K.J. Choi 65-65-69—199 (-11)
Sergio Garcia 65-69-65—199 (-11)
Michael Putnam 67-63-69—199 (-11)
Source: PGA Tour