Davis, Thatcher share lead but have plenty to fend off
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...
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."
Behind the top pair were 17 players 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 a 70 to remain 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."
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.
Appleby, by contrast, is looking for his 10th tour win after making just one bogey in his round. The 41-year-old Australian said he's happy to be considered the old veteran among the young guns vying for the championship.
"It would be good to get back in the winner's circle," he said. "The only cut I've made has been shaving for a long time. I played better golf when I was a rookie out here, and that's just not right."
Kyle Stanley (70) of Gig Harbor was 3 under, while Ryan Moore (69) of Puyallup and former Husky Richard H. Lee (69) were 2 under.
• 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 in Waterloo, Ontario.
The 2008 U.S. Women's Open champion had a 14-under 199 total. Brittany Lang and Hee Kyung Seo shot a 67 to reach 12 under.
• Bob Tway shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Mark Calcavecchia after the second round of the Champions Tour's Montreal Championship in Sainte-Julie, Quebec. The 53-year-old Tway had a 9-under 135 total.
• Kyung Kim won the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links, beating Ashlan Ramsey 4 and 2 in the 36-hole final in Neshanic Station, N.J.