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As predicted, day three of the Travelers championship saw some significant changes at the top of the leaderboard with certain players struggling and others flying through the middle of the pack to play themselves into contention. On what is known as “moving day” in the world of golf, day three at TPC River Highlands certainly didn’t disappoint.
Heading into the final round today, Keegan Bradley sits on top of the pile after another good round on Saturday. The 37-year-old has had an excellent week and looks to be back to his best following a couple of difficult years on the tour. It’s not going to be a precession for Bradley from here on out, however, with Chez Reavie just one shot behind in second place.
Travelers Championship Leaderboard – Day three
|Keegan Bradley (USA)
|Chez Reavie (USA)
|Patrick Cantlay (USA)
|Rickie Fowler (USA)
|Adam Scott (AUS)
|Denny McCarthy (USA)
|Scottie Scheffler (USA)
Round three highlights
Bradley takes control
At the halfway point of the tournament, Keegan Bradley shared the lead with Denny McCarthy. Both men had enjoyed spectacular starts to the tournament with both men beating the 36-hole course record at TPC River Highlands. However, on day three, it was Bradley who moved away from McCarthy and cemented himself as the tournament favourite going into the final round.
It was another great performance from Bradley who once again didn’t card a single bogey over the 18 holes. The most impressive part of his round was how he finished with the 37-year-old carding three birdies over the final five holes to secure his status as the sole leader going into the final day in Connecticut.
What's better than a 54-hole solo lead?
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 24, 2023
McCarthy slips down the leaderboard
Bradley’s co-leader at the halfway point, Denny McCarthy, had a day to forget. After carding a stunning 60 on day one and an impressive 65 on day two, the 30-year-old struggled to get going on day three with inconsistency hurting his game.
After the front nine, McCarthy was two-over-par so he did well across the back nine to salvage an even-par round by the end. However, he is now six shots behind Bradley and it’s hard to see him bridging that gap with just 18 holes to play.
Fowler moves up 37 places
The best performance of the day came from Rickie Fowler who carded a round of 60 to move 37 places up the leaderboard. Like Bradley, Fowler has had a difficult couple of years on the tour so it’s refreshing to see him back to his best, especially as many people feared his time had been and gone.
His round of 60 on Saturday was the lowest of his career and it has given him an outside chance of winning the tournament on Sunday. Despite his impressive showing, there will be a hint of disappointment as he became inches away from joining the sub-60 club when his birdie putt on the 9th (his 18th) rolled narrowly past the cup.
Rickie Fowler is our biggest mover from RD 3 😎
+50000 to start the round.
— Golfbet (@Golfbet) June 24, 2023
Scheffler bounces back
After a mediocre display on Friday, the world number one bounced back as he always does. Scheffler carded an impressive round of 63 to match his performance on day one of the tournament to bring himself back into the top seven on the leaderboard.
The American hasn’t finished lower than 12th in a tournament since October but that record looked in jeopardy after a sloppy 70 on Friday. Now, however, Scheffler will have his sights firmly set on winning the tournament after an impressive display that saw him bogey just one hole on day three.
Travelers Championship odds after day three
- Keegan Bradley – 8/11
- Chez Reavie – 11/4
- Patrick Cantlay – 8/1
- Rickie Fowler – 28/1
- Scottie Scheffler – 28/1
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