Bubba Watson is in a position to win his record 4th Travelers Championship.
Kramer Hickok can win the first PGA Tour event in 67 tournaments without raising a trophy.
Jason Day is in a position to reintroduce himself to the world of golf after a long departure from radar.
Watson, who hit a 2-under 68 at the TPC River Highlands in the third round on Saturday and reached a 10-under, shares a lead with Hickok entering the final round on Sunday.
Watson seemed to lead completely on Sunday staring at Birdie’s short putt on the 18th hole. However, his putt turned to the right and settled on a par and lead share.
Watson missed a short putt on the last putt of the round in two consecutive rounds. On Friday, he missed a three-foot putt on the ninth hole, the last hole of the day.
Hickok, who is trying to name himself other than Jordan Spieth’s roommate at the University of Texas, also shot 68 in the third round.
Fighting the injured and hanging around the golf course, Day is a one-shot back with 9 unders tied to fellow Aussie Cameron Smith and Russell Henry.
The final round on Sunday is set to a crazy shootout with 38 players within 5 shots of the lead.
29-year-old Hickok seemed to have intended to lead completely on Sunday when he took a two-shot lead on 14th and 15th with a birdie and 12 under par. However, he wobbled home and made a difficult par save from behind the green on the 16th of par 3, bogey 17 and 18 off the lead.
“I’m just learning from past experiences and trying to use them,” Hickok said. “I had a dispute before. I won the Mackenzie Tour and the Korn / Ferry Tour. I know the nerves are there. It’s all about accepting those nerves.”
He said he “struck the wrong club” on the 17th and sent an approach shot across the green. “18 was a little adrenaline. I’m not going to lie.”
“I’m happy with where I’m sitting now and I’m looking forward to tomorrow,” Hickok said.
The long list of 7-under players isn’t off that — especially when considering how volatile the TPC River Highlands are when it comes to producing birdies.
Among the 7-under players are Bryson DeChambeau, who shot 68 on Saturday, and defending champion Dustin Johnson, who shot 65 in the third round.
So don’t count the defending champions yet.
Johnson won the last PGA Tour at the 2020 Travelers Championship, but after reducing the number by two unders, he was at the top of the battle.
“It was a little better today,” Johnson said of his game. “I gave myself a lot of looks and hit a lot of greens. Overall, it was really solid. I drove it well [and] Hit a lot of nice iron shots “
Johnson said he took advantage of the softened situation because it rained early in the day.
“It’s available, but you have to drive it well,” he said. “If you drive well, you can clearly attack the golf course.”
Johnson did not have a good 2021 with his own approval.
“I feel like I’m doing a lot of things really well,” Johnson said. “Every time I feel like I’ve made a mistake, it’s a bogey. When you’re playing well, you miss a shot, you polish your par. That’s something I haven’t done recently. I’m glad I was able to play clearly this week. “
Johnson Birded will make a cut in the last two holes on Friday.
“I definitely wanted to be here on the weekend and obviously went out today and got a good score. That was good,” he said. “That’s why I feel like the game is coming.”
Hickok seemed confident in his chances, despite having never won the PGA Tour and despite the celebrity pedigree that had to be overcome on Sunday.
“I’ve been playing really good golf at the US Open for the past week, and I know it’s not too far away because I shot very few on the home course,” he said. “There are a lot of good names at the top of the leaderboard,” Hickok said. “It’s so crowded that anyone can win this tournament.”
Bubba Watson, Kramer Hickok and Jason Day shot to beat the Travelers
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