The fans came out in full force Saturday, with thousands packing the spectator areas to the brim to watch the third round of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut.
The First Tee of Connecticut which teaches life skills and leadership through golf, held a breakfast in the morning, to honor the past and present donors of the organization.
Bubba Watson, Charley Hoffman and Graham DeLaet finished tied for the lead at the end of the day at ten under par. DeLaet had one of the two low rounds of the day with a 65 while Hoffman finished with a 66 and Watson shot even par 70.
Watson said the wind was up today and the conditions were tough with the ground of the course being firmer than the first few days, but he doesn’t plan to change his strategy.
“It’s still the same shots, you play safe and obviously come out in the stretch if you’re one back or two back, you get more aggressive, or if you’re winning by a bunch you kind of play a lot smarter,” Watson said.
DaLaet said he and his wife decided to donate $1,000 for each birdie and $2,500 for every eagle he makes throughout the entire weekend towards Alberta, Canada flood relief efforts. Thus far, he has six birdies under his belt. The PGA TOUR Canada plans to match the amount he donates.
“It’s just a shame what’s happening up there, and a lot of people are affected; it’s a disaster situation,” DeLaet said. “It’s a pretty small part what we’re doing, but anything helps. There’s a lot of help from everyone all across Canada.”
Hoffman said he has played a lot of good golf and then had some pretty disappointing Sundays in the past, but he is happy with putting himself in position to win.
“I haven’t closed a golf tournament in a while, though,” Hoffman said. “And hopefully if you give yourself enough chances, you’ll be able to close the door pretty soon.”
After the last putt dropped, the day concluded with the Powerstation Events Concert Series in the SUBWAY Fan zone. Three Dog Night took the stage, offering the crowd some truly classic, enjoyable jams.