This was a many hyped Travelers Championship in years interjection to a remarkably installed margin for an eventuality a week following a vital championship. And after 3 days, we’ll go to Sunday with a possibility for one of a stronger finishes of a season.
Jordan Spieth was a large reason for all that pre-tourney hype. Spieth, along with Rory McIlroy, committed to a initial Travelers of his career. Jason Day returned after a few years away. Justin Thomas was back. Bubba Watson, who has feasted here via his career, was also on hand. The abyss during a tip was implausible entrance usually 4 days after a “toughest exam in golf.”
Some of that abyss petered out early, yet Spieth has been during a tip of a leaderboard from a start. His caddie, Michael Greller, came behind to Spieth after his initial scouting of TPC River Highlands and told him a place was “tailor-made” for them. It’s looked like that given Thursday, when he began a championship with 5 birdies in his initial 8 holes.
Playing from a final organisation on Saturday, Spieth mislaid his lead during opposite moments, with Daniel Berger, Charley Hoffman, and Boo Weekley all creation moving-day charges. But Spieth got it behind entrance down a second 9 to safeguard he’d stay on a solo lead and personification from that final tee time again for a final round.
All season, Spieth’s round distinguished has been among, if not the best on Tour. His tee-to-green game, that had been a “weakness” — that tenure is relations when you’re articulate about a actor during a tip of a universe rankings — in before years, has been a strength. But in 2017, it’s indeed been Spieth’s putter, mostly conjectural to be his strongest club, that has been a weaker spot. On Saturday, he displayed that whole tee-to-green diversion that some of a other superstars in a margin would kill for right about now. There was a hole-out during a 6th.
There was a tee round during a 11th, a par-3 personification usually underneath 160 yards on Saturday. Spieth stood on a towering tee and forsaken one right on tip of a dwindle to get his second true birdie after creation a turn.
There have been severe stretches for Spieth even yet he’s stayed on tip of a leaderboard for 3 true days. There was an inexcusable double spook on a par-5 yesterday. Today, he done back-to-back bogeys on a behind 9 to relinquish a lead, yet usually for a moment. That’s been a settlement this week after his roughly ideal opening-round 63: A severe widen followed by a birdie run to reason onto his roost during a top.
The 15th hole during a Travelers is one of a best on a PGA Tour, a drivable par-4 that always plays underneath 300 yards. But it has beaten adult a best in a universe this week, who infrequently get stranded between clubs. We’ve seen several wrench 3-woods into a H2O down a left and others hasten usually to chip-and-putt their approach to a par. Spieth left his tee round out to a right on Saturday, and immediately started chastising himself as is his wont.
“Please try to play a small bit of golf. Please play golf!” Spieth shouted during himself as he walked off a tee within reach of a CBS mics. But a response to his poorer tee round was maybe a shot of a day, and one that looked like it should have gotten a improved result. This somehow stayed out for eagle and left Spieth with usually a tap-in birdie.
Another dart into a subsequent and final par-3 yielded another birdie and got him to 11-under for a championship.
He came to a 18th immature pity a co-lead with a country-ass Boo Weekley, fisherman who also happens to be flattering good during golf. Given where his round distinguished has been all year, it would not be startling if we’re starting out on a “summer of Spieth” stretch. He usually needs his putting to estimate what it has been in a past. His final cadence of a day did usually that and capped a 66 that pennyless a tie with Weekley.
The Travelers mislaid Bubba, Day, and Thomas to a cut line, and Rory has been flattering irrelevant interjection to his putting woes. But Spieth has been a pull it was looking for in his initial visit, and unequivocally from a initial hole on Thursday afternoon. The week after a vital we’re ostensible to get a postpone from golf — go outward and take a walk. But Boo is always interesting and a pairing with Spieth will make this a Sunday value watching.
Spieth also has a possibility to make some story in what could be one of a improved final rounds a Travelers has seen.
Here’s your leaderboard after 54 holes during TPC River Highlands: