HARTFORD, Conn., August 6, 2016 – Another hole-in-one and a score flirting with the course record highlighted Saturday’s third round of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands.
Daniel Berger made nine birdies in his round and shot an 8-under-par 62, taking a three-shot lead after 54 holes. At 15-under-par, Berger leads Russell Knox, Tyrone Van Aswegen and Russell Henley, all of whom were at 12-under-par. Patrick Rodgers was at 10-under-par.
Berger, last year’s PGA TOUR rookie of the year looking for his second win of the season, nearly matched the course record of 60, set in 2011 by Patrick Cantlay. Berger also came close to matching the lowest third-round score in Travelers Championship history; there have been three scores of 61, most recently in 2001 by Phil Mickelson, who went on to win the tournament.
Ernie Els won a Rolex watch, courtesy of Lux Bond & Green, when he made a hole-in-one on the 16th hole. Els used a 7-iron for the 176-yard shot and went on to shoot a 70. During Thursday’s first round, Si Woo Kim had a hole-in-one at No. 5.
Saturday’s tee times and pairings were altered because of anticipated afternoon rain. Players were sent off Nos. 1 and 10 in threesomes. All groups on Sunday will start their rounds off No. 1, in twosomes.
Sunday’s Travelers Championship schedule includes the Pancreatic Cancer Research 18-Hole Stroll at 7:30 a.m., with tee times for the final competition round starting at 8:25 a.m. At the conclusion of play, the Closing Ceremony will honor the champion on the 18th green.