Charley Hoffman in three-way tie for lead at Travelers Championship
The Associated Press
CROMWELL, Conn. — Charley Hoffman lost his chance at winning last year’s Travelers Championship on the 71st hole.
His tee shot on the difficult par-4 17th at the TPC of River Highlands found the pond that runs along the fairway and he finished second, missing out on his third PGA Tour win.
This year Hoffman is in a three-way tie for the lead heading into Sunday’s final round, and he expects a different outcome.
“Obviously if I get on 17 tee (in the lead), I’d be lying to say I’m not going to think about that tee shot,” Hoffman said Saturday after his 4-under 66 tied him with Bubba Watson and Graham DeLaet at 10-under 200.
“But I’m a much more mature, better player than I was a year ago and don’t feel uncomfortable on that tee shot.”
Watson, who led by two shots when he began the third round and by four shots midway through it, made three bogeys in his last six holes to help create the logjam. DeLaet tied for the low round of the day with a 65.
Chris Stroud and Nick O’Hearn are one shot back of the leaders at 9 under, while Ken Duke’s 65 put him alone in sixth place.
After shooting a 61 in the opening round, Hoffman struggled and shot 73 on Friday. He bounced back with a 66 Saturday.
Former UW Husky Richard H. Lee shot a 66 to move into a tie for seventh, three shots off the lead. Puyallup’s Ryan Moore also shot a 66 and moved into a tie for 14th, four shots behind the leaders.
Former Husky Chris Williams, making his pro debut, shot a 69 and was tied for 39th at 2 under.
Lewis in the hunt at NW Arkansas
Stacy Lewis made four straight birdies and eight overall to shoot a 6-under 65 and join a group of four players atop the leaderboard at 10 under after the second round of the LPGA NW Arkansas Championship.
Lewis, the world’s No. 2 player, is the local favorite this week, having played collegiately at Arkansas.
Chie Arimura and Beatriz Recari both equaled Lewis’ 65 and are tied entering the final round with So Yeon Ryu.
Former UW golfer Paige Mackenzie missed the cut.
Stadler leads Encompass
Craig Stadler fired a 7-under 65 at North Shore Country Club to take the lead in the Encompass Championship in Glenview, Ill., with a total of 12-under 132.
The 60-year-old Stadler says his makeover isn’t complete, but he’s playing more like the Stadler of old rather than an old Stadler.
Seattle native Fred Couples (68) was tied for 12th at 6 under and Pullman High grad Kirk Triplett (72) was tied for 29th at 2 under. Rick Fehr (80), a Nathan Hale of Seattle grad, was 80th at 9 over.
• Andrew Putnam of University Place was tied for second, four shots off the lead of Danny Lee entering the final round of the Web.com Tour’s Rex Hospital Open in Raleigh, N.C. Putnam shot a 66 and was at 13 under 200.
Andrew’s brother Michael, a two-time winner on the Tour this year, was tied for fourth at 12 under after a 65.