PGA

Travelers Championship 2018

June 21-24

TPC at River Highlands, Connecticut

$7,000,000

June 21-24

TPC at River Highlands, Connecticut

$7,000,000

Round 3

Paul Casey takes Travelers lead with stunning round

June 23, 2018

Britain's Paul Casey fired an eight-under par 62, matching the lowest round of his career, to seize a four-stroke lead after Saturday's third round of the US PGA Travelers Championship.

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The 40-year-old Englishman, aided by some swing advice from coach Peter Kostis, seeks his third career US PGA title and second of the year after his bogey-free weekend start at TPC River Highland in Cromwell, Connecticut.

Casey hit all 18 greens in regulation for just the third time in his career to stand on 16-under 194 for 54 holes with American Russell Henley second on 198.

Casey had complained of pulling the ball off the tee but a lesson with Kostis at the driving range saw him improve his posture and adjust his stance closer to the ball to produce the low round of the tournament.

"That's something I rarely see, 18 greens in regulation, so whatever he told me worked," Casey said.

Casey, a 13-time European Tour winner, hadn't won anywhere since 2014 until capturing March's US PGA Valspar Championship, edging Tiger Woods and soon-to-be Masters champion Patrick Reed by a stroke.

Casey had back-to-back birdies at the second and third holes and two more in a row to close the front nine, a nine-footer at the par-3 eighth and a 20-footer at the ninth.

After a tap-in birdie at the par-5 13th, Casey drove the green at 15 and made a 23-foot eagle putt to jump ahead by three strokes at 15-under.

"Hit a real neat 3-wood in there," said Casey of his approach. "I was in between clubs. Couldn't afford to be short so I went with the 3-wood."

At 18, Casey dropped his approach three feet from the cup and tapped in for birdie and a four-stroke edge.

India's Anirban Lahiri shared third on 199 after a third-round 65 with Americans J.B. Holmes and Brian Harman.

Australia's Jason Day shot 66 to stand in a pack on 200 with Americans Bubba Watson, Ryan Blaum, Beau Hossler and Bryson DeChambeau.

"I put a little bit more pressure on my short game to step up," Day said. "It has been a pretty good week with the short game. I'm chipping really nice."

The Aussie holds out hope of threatening Casey on Sunday.

"If you get away 2-under on the front side tomorrow and can get something going from 11 on, 13, 15 and one out of the last three, that's where you can start pushing," Day said. "You can put a lot of pressure on the guys in front."

Watson has won the event twice, once from six strokes back in the final round. He's chasing Casey too but admits it's a long climb.

"I've got to play a solid round," Watson said. "I have to be around 10-under to give him a scare."

American James Hahn aced the 158-yard, par-3 11th hole with an 8-iron on his way to a 67 to stand on 204.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Paul Casey
ENG
-16
65
67
62
194
2
Russell Henley
USA
-12
66
65
67
198
T3
Anirban Lahiri
IND
-11
67
67
65
199
T3
Brian Harman
USA
-11
64
66
69
199
T3
J. B. Holmes
USA
-11
66
68
65
199
T6
Beau Hossler
USA
-10
65
67
68
200
T6
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
-10
66
66
68
200
T6
Bubba Watson
USA
-10
70
63
67
200
T6
Jason Day
AUS
-10
66
68
66
200
T6
Ryan Blaum
USA
-10
69
65
66
200
T11
Danny Lee
NZL
-9
67
68
66
201
T11
Jamie Lovemark
USA
-9
68
69
64
201
T11
Kyle Stanley
USA
-9
67
69
65
201
T11
Matt Jones
AUS
-9
65
66
70
201
T15
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
-8
69
67
66
202
T15
Kevin Tway
USA
-8
71
64
67
202
T15
Patrick Cantlay
USA
-8
69
68
65
202
T15
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-8
64
69
69
202
T15
Scott Brown
USA
-8
68
69
65
202
T15
Zach Johnson
USA
-8
63
68
71
202
21
Lanto Griffin
USA
-7
70
63
70
203
T22
Charley Hoffman
USA
-6
69
66
69
204
T22
Chase Seiffert
USA
-6
66
71
67
204
T22
Denny McCarthy
USA
-6
70
68
66
204
T22
Hunter Mahan
USA
-6
68
68
68
204
T22
James Hahn
USA
-6
70
67
67
204
T22
Kevin Streelman
USA
-6
68
69
67
204
T22
Patrick Rodgers
USA
-6
69
68
67
204
T22
Peter Malnati
USA
-6
64
72
68
204
T22
Steve Marino
USA
-6
66
68
70
204
T22
Stewart Cink
USA
-6
68
68
68
204
T32
Blayne Barber
USA
-5
68
69
68
205
T32
David Lingmerth
SWE
-5
67
67
71
205
T32
Justin Thomas
USA
-5
66
69
70
205
T32
Richy Werenski
USA
-5
68
69
68
205
T32
Tyler Duncan
USA
-5
68
69
68
205
T32
Wesley Bryan
USA
-5
70
68
67
205
T38
Brandon Harkins
USA
-4
72
66
68
206
T38
Brett Stegmaier
USA
-4
70
67
69
206
T38
Brooks Koepka
USA
-4
68
69
69
206
T38
Fabian Gomez
ARG
-4
71
67
68
206
T38
J. J. Spaun
USA
-4
68
67
71
206
T38
Ken Duke
USA
-4
70
68
68
206
T38
Mackenzie Hughes
CAN
-4
67
68
71
206
T38
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
-4
66
70
70
206
T46
J. J. Henry
USA
-3
68
68
71
207
T46
Jordan Spieth
USA
-3
63
73
71
207
T46
Keegan Bradley
USA
-3
68
70
69
207
T46
Nick Hardy
USA
-3
69
68
70
207
T46
Russell Knox
SCO
-3
73
64
70
207
T46
Seamus Power
IRL
-3
70
67
70
207
T46
Tom Lovelady
USA
-3
70
67
70
207
T53
Alex Cejka
GER
-2
67
71
70
208
T53
James Driscoll
USA
-2
66
72
70
208
T53
Keith Mitchell
USA
-2
70
68
70
208
T53
Kelly Kraft
USA
-2
66
72
70
208
T53
Martin Laird
SCO
-2
67
71
70
208
T53
Ryan Armour
USA
-2
67
71
70
208
T53
Sam Ryder
USA
-2
68
70
70
208
T53
Scott Stallings
USA
-2
68
67
73
208
T53
Steve Wheatcroft
USA
-2
68
70
70
208
T53
Trey Mullinax
USA
-2
67
71
70
208
T63
Billy Hurley III
USA
-1
71
67
71
209
T63
Ethan Tracy
USA
-1
68
69
72
209
T63
Sam Saunders
USA
-1
72
66
71
209
T63
Vaughn Taylor
USA
-1
66
72
71
209
T67
Adam Hadwin
CAN
Par
68
69
73
210
T67
John Huh
USA
Par
66
70
74
210
T67
Martin Flores
USA
Par
68
70
72
210
T67
Padraig Harrington
IRL
Par
66
69
75
210
T71
Cameron Tringale
USA
1
72
65
74
211
T71
Daniel Berger
USA
1
67
71
73
211
T71
Kyle Thompson
USA
1
71
67
73
211
74
Dominic Bozzelli
USA
5
74
64
77
215
CUT
Abraham Ancer
USA
-1
67
72
-
139
CUT
Brendan Steele
USA
-1
67
72
-
139
CUT
Chez Reavie
USA
-1
67
72
-
139
CUT
Corey Conners
CAN
-1
70
69
-
139
CUT
Harold Varner III
USA
-1
70
69
-
139
CUT
Joel Dahmen
USA
-1
70
69
-
139
CUT
Luke List
USA
-1
72
67
-
139
CUT
Nicholas Lindheim
USA
-1
68
71
-
139
CUT
Nick Watney
USA
-1
71
68
-
139
CUT
Patrick Reed
USA
-1
72
67
-
139
CUT
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
-1
68
71
-
139
CUT
Ben Martin
USA
Par
75
65
-
140
CUT
Tom Hoge
USA
-1
71
68
-
139
CUT
Bill Haas
USA
Par
69
71
-
140
CUT
Billy Horschel
USA
Par
72
68
-
140
CUT
Bob Estes
USA
Par
69
71
-
140
CUT
Bronson Burgoon
USA
Par
70
70
-
140
CUT
Geoff Ogilvy
AUS
Par
68
72
-
140
CUT
Graeme McDowell
NIR
Par
72
68
-
140
CUT
Matt Atkins
USA
Par
71
69
-
140
CUT
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
Par
74
66
-
140
CUT
Pat Perez
USA
Par
69
71
-
140
CUT
Robert Streb
USA
Par
73
67
-
140
CUT
Rod Pampling
AUS
Par
72
68
-
140
CUT
Ryan Moore
USA
Par
68
72
-
140
CUT
William McGirt
USA
Par
68
72
-
140
CUT
Xander Schauffele
USA
Par
67
73
-
140
CUT
Austin Cook
USA
1
68
73
-
141
CUT
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
1
71
70
-
141
CUT
Chesson Hadley
USA
1
73
68
-
141
CUT
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
1
73
68
-
141
CUT
Jim Furyk
USA
1
69
72
-
141
CUT
Jon Curran
USA
1
72
69
-
141
CUT
Jonathan Byrd
USA
1
70
71
-
141
CUT
Marc Leishman
AUS
1
74
67
-
141
CUT
Rob Oppenheim
USA
1
71
70
-
141
CUT
Benjamin Silverman
CAN
2
71
71
-
142
CUT
Brian Stuard
USA
2
70
72
-
142
CUT
Brice Garnett
USA
2
70
72
-
142
CUT
Chris Stroud
USA
2
70
72
-
142
CUT
Conrad Shindler
USA
2
69
73
-
142
CUT
D. A. Points
USA
2
70
72
-
142
CUT
Derek Fathauer
USA
2
69
73
-
142
CUT
Michael Kim
KOR
2
69
73
-
142
CUT
Robert Garrigus
USA
2
74
68
-
142
CUT
Roberto Diaz
MEX
2
72
70
-
142
CUT
Adam Schenk
USA
3
75
68
-
143
CUT
Andrew Svoboda
USA
3
74
69
-
143
CUT
Patton Kizzire
USA
3
73
70
-
143
CUT
Shawn Stefani
USA
3
72
71
-
143
CUT
Jason Kokrak
USA
4
66
78
-
144
CUT
Kris Blanks
USA
4
71
73
-
144
CUT
Shane Bertsch
USA
4
71
73
-
144
CUT
Troy Merritt
USA
4
72
72
-
144
CUT
Tyrone van Aswegen
RSA
4
72
72
-
144
CUT
Aaron Baddeley
AUS
5
72
73
-
145
CUT
Brandt Snedeker
USA
5
71
74
-
145
CUT
Dylan Meyer
USA
5
70
75
-
145
CUT
Nick Taylor
CAN
5
72
73
-
145
CUT
Rory Sabbatini
RSA
5
72
73
-
145
CUT
Webb Simpson
USA
5
68
77
-
145
CUT
Xinjun Zhang
CHN
5
70
75
-
145
CUT
Zecheng Dou
CHN
5
74
71
-
145
CUT
Chad Campbell
USA
6
75
71
-
146
CUT
J. T. Poston
USA
6
70
76
-
146
CUT
Rick Lamb
USA
6
69
77
-
146
CUT
Will Claxton
USA
6
73
73
-
146
CUT
Andrew Yun
USA
7
71
76
-
147
CUT
Talor Gooch
USA
7
74
73
-
147
CUT
Andrew Landry
USA
8
81
67
-
148
CUT
Doug Ghim
USA
8
78
70
-
148
CUT
Harris English
USA
8
68
80
-
148
CUT
Jonas Blixt
SWE
8
75
73
-
148
CUT
Matthew Every
USA
8
73
75
-
148
CUT
Retief Goosen
RSA
8
75
73
-
148
CUT
Ryan Palmer
USA
9
71
78
-
149
CUT
Jonathan Randolph
USA
10
74
76
-
150
CUT
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
10
78
72
-
150
CUT
Martin Piller
USA
11
77
74
-
151
CUT
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
12
72
80
-
152
CUT
Adam D'Amario
USA
14
75
79
-
154
CUT
Smylie Kaufman
USA
18
80
78
-
158
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
Total
1
Paul Casey
ENG
-16
194
2
Russell Henley
USA
-12
198
T3
Anirban Lahiri
IND
-11
199
T3
Brian Harman
USA
-11
199
T3
J. B. Holmes
USA
-11
199
T6
Beau Hossler
USA
-10
200
T6
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
-10
200
T6
Bubba Watson
USA
-10
200
T6
Jason Day
AUS
-10
200
T6
Ryan Blaum
USA
-10
200
T11
Danny Lee
NZL
-9
201
T11
Jamie Lovemark
USA
-9
201
T11
Kyle Stanley
USA
-9
201
T11
Matt Jones
AUS
-9
201
T15
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
-8
202
T15
Kevin Tway
USA
-8
202
T15
Patrick Cantlay
USA
-8
202
T15
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-8
202
T15
Scott Brown
USA
-8
202
T15
Zach Johnson
USA
-8
202
21
Lanto Griffin
USA
-7
203
T22
Charley Hoffman
USA
-6
204
T22
Chase Seiffert
USA
-6
204
T22
Denny McCarthy
USA
-6
204
T22
Hunter Mahan
USA
-6
204
T22
James Hahn
USA
-6
204
T22
Kevin Streelman
USA
-6
204
T22
Patrick Rodgers
USA
-6
204
T22
Peter Malnati
USA
-6
204
T22
Steve Marino
USA
-6
204
T22
Stewart Cink
USA
-6
204
T32
Blayne Barber
USA
-5
205
T32
David Lingmerth
SWE
-5
205
T32
Justin Thomas
USA
-5
205
T32
Richy Werenski
USA
-5
205
T32
Tyler Duncan
USA
-5
205
T32
Wesley Bryan
USA
-5
205
T38
Brandon Harkins
USA
-4
206
T38
Brett Stegmaier
USA
-4
206
T38
Brooks Koepka
USA
-4
206
T38
Fabian Gomez
ARG
-4
206
T38
J. J. Spaun
USA
-4
206
T38
Ken Duke
USA
-4
206
T38
Mackenzie Hughes
CAN
-4
206
T38
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
-4
206
T46
J. J. Henry
USA
-3
207
T46
Jordan Spieth
USA
-3
207
T46
Keegan Bradley
USA
-3
207
T46
Nick Hardy
USA
-3
207
T46
Russell Knox
SCO
-3
207
T46
Seamus Power
IRL
-3
207
T46
Tom Lovelady
USA
-3
207
T53
Alex Cejka
GER
-2
208
T53
James Driscoll
USA
-2
208
T53
Keith Mitchell
USA
-2
208
T53
Kelly Kraft
USA
-2
208
T53
Martin Laird
SCO
-2
208
T53
Ryan Armour
USA
-2
208
T53
Sam Ryder
USA
-2
208
T53
Scott Stallings
USA
-2
208
T53
Steve Wheatcroft
USA
-2
208
T53
Trey Mullinax
USA
-2
208
T63
Billy Hurley III
USA
-1
209
T63
Ethan Tracy
USA
-1
209
T63
Sam Saunders
USA
-1
209
T63
Vaughn Taylor
USA
-1
209
T67
Adam Hadwin
CAN
Par
210
T67
John Huh
USA
Par
210
T67
Martin Flores
USA
Par
210
T67
Padraig Harrington
IRL
Par
210
T71
Cameron Tringale
USA
1
211
T71
Daniel Berger
USA
1
211
T71
Kyle Thompson
USA
1
211
74
Dominic Bozzelli
USA
5
215
CUT
Abraham Ancer
USA
-1
139
CUT
Brendan Steele
USA
-1
139
CUT
Chez Reavie
USA
-1
139
CUT
Corey Conners
CAN
-1
139
CUT
Harold Varner III
USA
-1
139
CUT
Joel Dahmen
USA
-1
139
CUT
Luke List
USA
-1
139
CUT
Nicholas Lindheim
USA
-1
139
CUT
Nick Watney
USA
-1
139
CUT
Patrick Reed
USA
-1
139
CUT
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
-1
139
CUT
Ben Martin
USA
Par
140
CUT
Tom Hoge
USA
-1
139
CUT
Bill Haas
USA
Par
140
CUT
Billy Horschel
USA
Par
140
CUT
Bob Estes
USA
Par
140
CUT
Bronson Burgoon
USA
Par
140
CUT
Geoff Ogilvy
AUS
Par
140
CUT
Graeme McDowell
NIR
Par
140
CUT
Matt Atkins
USA
Par
140
CUT
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
Par
140
CUT
Pat Perez
USA
Par
140
CUT
Robert Streb
USA
Par
140
CUT
Rod Pampling
AUS
Par
140
CUT
Ryan Moore
USA
Par
140
CUT
William McGirt
USA
Par
140
CUT
Xander Schauffele
USA
Par
140
CUT
Austin Cook
USA
1
141
CUT
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
1
141
CUT
Chesson Hadley
USA
1
141
CUT
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
1
141
CUT
Jim Furyk
USA
1
141
CUT
Jon Curran
USA
1
141
CUT
Jonathan Byrd
USA
1
141
CUT
Marc Leishman
AUS
1
141
CUT
Rob Oppenheim
USA
1
141
CUT
Benjamin Silverman
CAN
2
142
CUT
Brian Stuard
USA
2
142
CUT
Brice Garnett
USA
2
142
CUT
Chris Stroud
USA
2
142
CUT
Conrad Shindler
USA
2
142
CUT
D. A. Points
USA
2
142
CUT
Derek Fathauer
USA
2
142
CUT
Michael Kim
KOR
2
142
CUT
Robert Garrigus
USA
2
142
CUT
Roberto Diaz
MEX
2
142
CUT
Adam Schenk
USA
3
143
CUT
Andrew Svoboda
USA
3
143
CUT
Patton Kizzire
USA
3
143
CUT
Shawn Stefani
USA
3
143
CUT
Jason Kokrak
USA
4
144
CUT
Kris Blanks
USA
4
144
CUT
Shane Bertsch
USA
4
144
CUT
Troy Merritt
USA
4
144
CUT
Tyrone van Aswegen
RSA
4
144
CUT
Aaron Baddeley
AUS
5
145
CUT
Brandt Snedeker
USA
5
145
CUT
Dylan Meyer
USA
5
145
CUT
Nick Taylor
CAN
5
145
CUT
Rory Sabbatini
RSA
5
145
CUT
Webb Simpson
USA
5
145
CUT
Xinjun Zhang
CHN
5
145
CUT
Zecheng Dou
CHN
5
145
CUT
Chad Campbell
USA
6
146
CUT
J. T. Poston
USA
6
146
CUT
Rick Lamb
USA
6
146
CUT
Will Claxton
USA
6
146
CUT
Andrew Yun
USA
7
147
CUT
Talor Gooch
USA
7
147
CUT
Andrew Landry
USA
8
148
CUT
Doug Ghim
USA
8
148
CUT
Harris English
USA
8
148
CUT
Jonas Blixt
SWE
8
148
CUT
Matthew Every
USA
8
148
CUT
Retief Goosen
RSA
8
148
CUT
Ryan Palmer
USA
9
149
CUT
Jonathan Randolph
USA
10
150
CUT
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
10
150
CUT
Martin Piller
USA
11
151
CUT
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
12
152
CUT
Adam D'Amario
USA
14
154
CUT
Smylie Kaufman
USA
18
158