Xander Schauffele in line for season’s second at Travelers

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Travelers Championship leader Xander Schauffele has finished inside the top 20 in last five starts; comes off a T14 at last week’s U.S. Open. Photo: sfchronicle.com

With 63-63-67 start at the Travelers Championship, Xander Schauffele (1st/-17) 193 marks his lowest opening 54-hole score on the PGA TOUR.

His lone bogey through 54-holes came at par-5 13th hole in Round Three.

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He is 0-for-4 when attempting to convert a 54-hole lead/co-lead into victory (T2/2021 WM Phoenix Open; T3/2020 Charles Schwab Challenge; T2/2020 Sentry Tournament of Champions; T2/2018 The Open Championship).

This is his fourth start in the Travelers Championship (T14/2017, MC/2018, T20/2020).

Schauffele is seeking his sixth career TOUR title and second of the season (Zurich Classic of New Orleans, partnering with Patrick Cantlay). The most recent individual stroke-play title came at the 2019 Sentry Tournament of Champions.

He has finished inside the top 20 in last five starts; comes off a T14 at last week’s U.S. Open.

 

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Reigning FedExCup champion Cantlay (2nd/-16) recorded a bogey-free 63, the low score in Round Three, and seeks his eighth career TOUR title and second of the season (Zurich Classic of New Orleans, partnering with Schauffele). In his first start at TPC River Highlands in 2011, posted a second-round 10-under 60, which still stands as his career-low score; holds six top-5 finishes this season.

 

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Rookie Sahith Theegala (3rd/-14) seeks first TOUR title in his 38th start to become second rookie winner this season (Chad Ramey/Corales Puntacana Championship).

He carded one eagle, five birdies and one bogey for 64. The 196 marks a career-low 54-hole score on TOUR. He had earned a sponsor exemption to the 2020 Travelers Championship (MC), marking his first professional start.

 

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In his third PGA TOUR start, 20-year-old amateur Michael Thorbjornsen (T7/-11) is playing on a sponsor exemption. The T7 marks best 54-hole position by an amateur at the event since 1984. Seeks to become first amateur to win on TOUR since Phil Mickelson at the 1991 Northern Telecom Open.

 

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After missing cut in his last four starts on TOUR, Kevin Kisner (4th/-13) carded a 4-under 66 in search of his fifth career TOUR victory.

FedExCup leader and World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler (T11/-10) carded a bogey-free 5-under 65 and sits seven shots back heading into the final round.

In his third TOUR start since hip surgery, defending champion Harris English (T11/-10) recorded 1-under 69 in bid to become second player to successfully defend a Travelers Championship title (Phil Mickelson/2002).