On the strength of an 8-under 62, Paul Casey will take a four-shot lead into the final round of the Travelers Championship. Here’s where things stand through three rounds outside Hartford.
Leaderboard: Casey (-16), Russell Henley (-12), J.B. Holmes (-11), Anirban Lahiri (-11), Brian Harman (-11)
What it means: Casey is hunting his third PGA Tour victory and his second this season. The Englishman went nine years between Tour titles and racked up a number of near-misses after dedicating himself to a full-time U.S. schedule in 2015. He finally broke through earlier this year at the Valspar, edging a resurgent Tiger Woods, and now looks to further kick down a finally open door. TPC River Highlands is a gettable golf course, and notable names like Day, Watson and DeChambeau lurk at 10 under, but the field may need some help from Casey, who has separated himself through 54 holes.
Round of the day: Casey fired the round of the week with six birdies and an eagle at the short par-4 15th. He leads the tournament in birdies made with six in each round for 18 total. He has hit each of his last 23 greens in regulation.
Best of the rest: Jaime Lovemark signed for a 6-under 64 highlighted by an eagle at 15. He enters Sunday tied for 11th, hunting his fourth top-10 finish of the season.
Biggest disappointment: While Casey was ripping up the course, four of the top seven players in the Official World Golf Ranking – Rory McIlroy (69), Brooks Koepka (69), Justin Thomas (70) and Jordan Spieth (71) – combined to shoot 1 under par Saturday. .
Shot of the day: James Hahn’s slam-dunk ace from 154 yards at the par-3 11th.
ACE @JamesHahnPGA DUNKS it for his first career hole-in-one on No. 11 @TravelersChamp!#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/GwajjdVT0H
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 23, 2018
After a 3-over front nine, Hahn closed in 29 on the back for a ho-hum 67.
Quote of the day: “That’s something I rarely see from me, 18 greens in regulation. So whatever he told me worked.” – Casey on his work with his swing coach, Peter Kostis