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Rory McIlroy had a hole to forget on day three of the Travelers Championship with a double bogey on second

Rory McIlroy had a hole to forget on day three of the Travelers Championship with a double bogey on second

Xander Schauffele held on to his Travelers Championship lead but is just one shot away going into Sunday, while Rory McIlroy fell back after another tough run.

Patrick Cantlay is the man perched just behind Schauffele in the TPC River Highlands standings, posting the best run of the day with a 63.

That meant Schauffele’s lead was reduced from five shots to just one, setting up a thrilling Sunday. He was under 17 after the third round and went bogey-free until the 13th hole on Saturday, where he found water.

“I would love to get that tee shot back on 13,” he said. “For the most part, I knew it wasn’t going to be easy to protect a lead, especially when it comes to five shots and it’s easy to get comfortable.”

He responded with a birdie on the 16th, then both men birdied on the 17th, to keep them clear of Sahith Theegala, who is third at 14 under par, after shooting a 64.

McIlroy was joint-leader after the first 18 holes but his challenge went massively off the rails after his aberration on hole 12 on Friday where an incredible stroke streak saw him return four strokes to the course.

McIlroy had another nightmarish hole on Saturday, the second. His tee shot on the accessible par four hit a tree to land in a thick rough just past the tee box, which the world No. 2 would need two attempts to get out of and eventually hit a double bogey-six.

McIlroy then bogeyed the fifth, and while he would make gains in the sixth, ninth and 13th, further loose shots in the 14th and 16th saw him card a round of 72 to two over par and leave it level. for 31st of six under s.

There was better news for another Briton however, Scotsman Martin Laird was four under for his turn, to sit tied for fifth and five shots behind Schauffele. Kevin Kisner is one shot ahead of him at 13 under.

World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler also had an impressive Saturday with a round of 65 to drop to 10 under. He’s seven shots off the pace, but another charge on Sunday could put him in contention depending on what happens with the leaders.

“Maybe I’ll go out tomorrow and do something crazy and we’ll see what happens,” Scheffler said.

Watch the final round of the Travelers Championship live on Sky Sports Golf from 12.30pm via the red button on Sky Sports Golf with full coverage from 6pm.

Harrington leads US Senior Open ahead of final round

Padraig Harrington finally knows what it’s like to master a golf course, and the Irishman is set to claim a US Senior Open title in his first appearance in the event.

The three-time major winner hit two par fives for two, coming within seven feet of the 608-yard 12th hole at Saucon Valley Golf Club, and his five-under par 66 opened up a five-under lead. shots Saturday before the final round of the Senior Open.

Starting the third round with a one-shot lead over rival Whistling Straits Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker, Harrington birdied the first two holes and was on his way.

He’s 11-under, five shots clear of former US Senior Open champion Gene Sauers, who birdied the last two holes for a 68; and PGA Tour champion rookie Rob Labritz (69).

“When you have a lead like this – not even in a perfect world, but in dreamland – you think you’re going to go out there and play well and run away, which is a possibility,” Harrington said. “I could play well tomorrow and have a nice comfortable day. I could play average tomorrow, and someone will have to come to me. Or I could play badly tomorrow, and I still have a chance.

“I basically gave myself a lot of hands to win this.”

Stricker couldn’t follow after an opening birdie, and the par five is where the US Ryder Cup-winning captain really lost ground.

Harrington drilled fairway metal 25 feet out on the 568-yard sixth hole, while Stricker hit a tree and had to fly a chip under the branches. he came under the green and bogeyed. It was a two-shot swing when Harrington putt twice for birdie, for a four-stroke margin.

And then on the 12th, Harrington blasted his 5 wood over the corner from the rough to a pin tucked down the left side. Stricker’s corner went just across the green, his chip down the hill was too strong and he made another bogey. It turned out to be a three-hit swing when Harrington landed the eagle putt.

Padraig Harrington in action during the third round of the US Senior Open

Padraig Harrington in action during the third round of the US Senior Open

The Irishman had two bogeys in the last four holes, his first drop shots since the first round, but he will maintain a solid advantage heading into the final round.

Harrington is showing more power than he ever did in his prime, relying on clean striking and plenty of grit to win the Open in successive years (2007-08) and the US Championship PGA 2008 at Oakland Hills.

The way he swung forcefully during reps, reminiscent of Bryson DeChambeau, showed how much Harrington emphasized speed in his swing to get more distance.

“Padraig is tearing it up,” Sauers said. “He plays a 6,500 yard golf course and I play a 7,500 yard golf course.”

Two-time US Open champion Ernie Els had a 67 and was seven strokes behind.

“He’s got a lot of length here,” Els said of Harrington. “He’s probably the longest off the tee on the Champions Tour. When he has control, like he did this week, you have to be careful. It’s good to see. He plays with a lot of freedom.”

Watch the final round of the US Senior Open live on Sky Sports Golf via the red button from 7 p.m. with full coverage from 11 p.m.

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