5 Things: Moore takes Travelers lead; Garcia lurks
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Are you ready for a Sunday shootout?
Ryan Moore fired a 4-under 66 on Saturday to take a one-shot lead at the Travelers Championship, but there are 12 players within four shots at TPC River Highlands – a track that has been producing plenty of red numbers this week.
Here are 5 Things to know after 54 holes in Cromwell, Conn.:
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1. MOORE IS BETTER: It's not often that 15 pars will help you move you forward on the PGA Tour – but when the other three holes are an eagle and two birdies, that'll change things.
Ryan Moore didn't provide many fireworks on Saturday, but made his chances count, including making a 38-footer for eagle on the par-5 sixth hole. He'd add birdies on Nos. 11 and 17 – the latter giving him the 54-hole lead.
The UNLV product has eagled No. 6 twice this week, the first coming in a first-round, 7-under 63. Moore has three eagles on the week, chipping in from 41 feet on No. 15 on Friday.
Moore is looking for his second victory of the season, having won the CIMB Classic in October. He has four top-10 finishes and nine top-25s in 16 events this season.
A bit of recent history isn't on Moore's side, as the 54-hole leader at the Travelers has not won since Stewart Cink in 2008.
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2. ROUTE 65: Sergio Garcia and Aaron Baddeley led an impressive contingent of 5-under 65s on Saturday – although the aforementioned duo reaped the most rewards by going low, as Baddeley will play in Sunday's final group just one shot back and Garcia is two shots behind.
Baddeley shared the lead on his back nine, but finished with three consecutive pars to get into the clubhouse at 12 under. Baddeley has only one top 10 this season, a fifth-place finish at the CIMB Classic.
Garcia jumped 10 spots on the leaderboard behind his 65, picking up six birdies against a single bogey (on the par-3 eighth) to get into serious contention. Garcia has been knocking on the proverbial door this season, picking up five top-10s, including three third-place finishes. Garcia has eight career PGA Tour victories.
Other players also shooting 65 on Saturday: Nick Watney, Jhonattan Vegas, Angel Cabrera and Marc Leishman.
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3. MOVING ON UP: TPC River Highlands has been pretty good to Kevin Streelman. Saturday served as the latest example of that.
Streelman made seven birdies en route to a third-round, 6-under 64, moving to 9 under overall. It was his fifth round of 64 or better at the course.
A visit to Cromwell, Conn., might be just what the struggling Streelman needs, too. He missed just one cut in his first 12 starts this season, but missed his next four cuts before making the weekend at the Travelers.
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4. TIME FOR A BREAK: After Sunday, Dustin Johnson will take a vacation – and deservedly so.
Johnson is playing his seventh straight event this week at the Travelers, where he'll enter Sunday at T-20 after a 1-over 71 on Saturday.
"I'm getting pretty tired, but I'm OK," said Johnson, who will turn 30 on Sunday. "Obviously playing well helps. If I was struggling this week, I think it wouldn't be fun."
Johnson's recent stretch of play has included tournaments in six different states. The results have been good, too. He's made all seven of his cuts since taking nearly a month off following the Masters, and he's searching for his third top 10. He was T-4 last week at the U.S. Open.
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5. SHORT SHOTS: Patrick Rodgers, making his professional debut this week, posted a 1-over 71 to fall back 15 spots to T-35 . . . Ryder Cup hopefuls Keegan Bradley (71) and Brandt Snedeker (72) fell out of contention with over-par rounds on Saturday . . . Bubba Watson and Jason Day both made the cut on the number and used 3-under 67s on Saturday to inch up the leaderboard . . . Overnight leader Scott Langley shot an even-par 70 and is two shots off the lead.
– Brentley Romine contributed to this report.
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