Moore claims lead at Travelers
Cromwell, CT (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Moore recorded a bogey-free third round to go along with two birdies and an eagle and he sits alone atop the leaderboard heading into the final day at the Travelers Championship.
Moore, who shot a third-round 66, leads by one shot at 13-under-par 197. He is seeking his fourth career victory on the PGA Tour and his second of the season. Moore also won the CIMB Classic back in October.
Nipping at Moore's heels is Aaron Baddeley, who fired a 5-under 65 and heads into the final day at 12-under. Baddeley will join Moore in the final pairing on Sunday.
Sergio Garcia also had a strong day with a 65, which vaulted him into a tie for third at 11-under 199. He is joined there by K.J. Choi (69), Scott Langley (70) and Michael Putnam (69).
Langley, who held the lead after two rounds at TPC River Highlands, is seeking his first career victory on the PGA Tour.
Moore began the day two shots back of the leader Langley. Moore made up no ground to start the third round after making five straight pars.
The par-5 sixth hole is where Moore started to make his charge. After landing his tee shot in the right rough about 227 yards from the hole, Moore stuck his approach shot to within 38 feet of the hole. He would knock the long putt in for an eagle, putting him at 2-under for the day and 11-under for the week.
Moore added four straight pars from the seventh before making his first birdie of the day at the par-3 11th, when he holed out from 18-feet away from the right rough.
"It's just funny how weeks go," Moore said. "This is the type of grass and everything I grew up on, and I think I'm comfortable with chipping and the putting aspects on this golf course and I think that's where the success comes from."
Moore headed down the stretch in a three-way tie for first with Choi and Baddeley at 12-under, but a great approach shot from 134 yards away on the par-4 17th put Moore's ball about four feet from the hole. Moore would make that putt to move into sole possession of first place. He parred the 18th and take the lead into the final day.
Baddeley began the day four shots off the lead, but quickly started his way up the leaderboard with birdies at two and four. The back nine, however, was where Baddeley really made his move.
Birdies at 10 and 11 had Baddeley at 4-under on the day, but a bogey at 12 dropped him back a shot. He would regain his composure and make birdies at 13 and 15, which put him in a tie for first with Moore and Choi.
Baddeley finished his round with three straight pars.
Choi had an up-and-down day, which found him in a tie for the lead at one point. He carded five birdies, but also made four bogeys on the day.
Choi started things off on the wrong foot with a bogey at the first. He got that shot back with a birdie on No. 3 followed by another gain at No. 6. A bogey at No. 8 dropped Choi back to even-par on the day.
Birdies at 10 and 11 had Choi tied for the lead, but another bogey at the 13th dropped him back one shot. Choi got back into a tie for first with a birdie at 15, but a bogey at 17 put him right back at 11-under for the tournament.
Garcia had a very impressive day with six total birdies to go along with just one bogey. Already at 1-under on the day when he made the turn, Garcia made birdies at 11, 13, 14 and 16 to get him into contention. He is seeking his ninth career victory on the PGA Tour, but he still has two shots to make up on the final day.
NOTES: Moore hopes to be the first 54-hole leader to win the Travelers Championship since Stewart Cink did it in 2008 ... Moore's eagle on the sixth hole was his third in as many days ... Through three rounds, Garcia is 1-under on the front nine at TPC River Highlands, but he is 10-under on the back nine ... Reigning champion Ken Duke finished the third round at 2-under 208 for the tournament, 11 shots off the lead.
06/21 19:15:59 ET