Moore has one-shot cushion
Ryan Moore will take a narrow one-shot lead over Australian Aaron Baddeley into the final round of the Travelers Championship.
Moore compiled a four-under-par 66 in Saturday’s third round at TPC River Highlands to take his total to 13 under par – one clear of Baddeley, who shot a five-under 65.
Spaniard Sergio Garcia also had a 65, and he lies tied-third, two shots off the pace, alongside KJ Choi, Scott Langley and Michael Putnam.
A large group of players follow on nine under, including Kevin Streelman, whose nine-birdie 64 was the low round of the day.
Moore has four top-15 finished at the Travelers, and admitted the course suits his game.
“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.”
A more laid back approach heading into the tournament also seems to have paid dividends for Moore.
“I generally don’t tend to over practice here in general, but I’ve even cut back a little bit,” Moore said. “I think it’s good. I’ve kind of showed up every day with a good focus and just ready to go play golf.”
Second-placed Baddeley is coming off a poor year in 2013, and admits it’s been a while since he’s been in a winning position at a PGA Tour event.
“It feels like a long time ago, yet it doesn’t in the sense of the feeling of being in this position doesn’t feel abnormal,” Baddeley said.
“It’s been a steady progress of just improving like percent by percent day by day,” he said. “I feel like I’m getting really close to playing some really good golf.”
Garcia, meanwhile, is hoping to provide Spanish fans with some joy after their World Cup side were eliminated from the competition in Brazil.
“Something like this it wasn’t supposed to happen,” Garcia said. “I wasn’t expecting for the team to not get through the group stages.
“Football in Spain is everything. It would be great to go and win (Sunday). It wouldn’t make up for it, not for the football fans.”
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