Watson shares Travelers lead with DeLaet, Hoffman


After building a sizeable lead early in the day, Bubba Watson gave back his advantage due to stumbles on the back nine Saturday. Here's the skinny heading into the final round of the Travelers Championship, where the former Masters champ is among three co-leaders as he vies for his second win at TPC River Highlands:

Leaderboard: Bubba Watson (-10), Graham DeLaet (-10), Charley Hoffman (-10), Chris Stroud (-9), Nick O'Hern (-9), Ken Duke (-8), Justin Rose (-7), Hunter Mahan (-7)

What it means: Playing in the final pairing, Watson built a four-shot lead thanks to birdies on three of his first six holes, and still led by three shots heading into the heart of the third round. Bogeys on 13 and 15, though, were followed by a dropped shot at 17, as the southpaw fell back into a tie alongside DeLaet and Hoffman. A crowded leaderboard will now sort itself out across the final round, as 18 players will begin Sunday within four shots of the lead.

Round of the day: Duke began the third round outside the top 30, but will enter Sunday with a realistic chance to win thanks to a 5-under 65 Saturday. The 44-year-old began with birdies on each of the first two holes and went on to add three more, making it around TPC River Highlands without dropping a shot. At 8 under, Duke is now just two shots off the lead as he seeks his first career PGA Tour win.

Best of the rest: Like Duke, DeLaet moved up the leaderboard thanks to a 5-under 65 in the third round. The Canadian, who is donating $1,000 per birdie this weekend to help flooding relief efforts in Calgary, carded six red figures against just one bogey, including a birdie from the fringe on the home hole. At 10 under, he will play in the final group Sunday, hoping to become the third player in as many years to notch his maiden win at TPC River Highlands.

Biggest disappointment: Beginning the day inside the top 10, Brendon De Jonge hoped to remain in position to perhaps contend for his first PGA Tour win Sunday in Hartford. Instead, the Zimbabwean stumbled to a 5-over 75 in the third round, tumbling 42 spots down the leaderboard. De Jonge managed just one birdie Saturday, reaching just 10 of 18 greens in regulation and struggling mightily on the putting surfaces throughout the day. After bogeys on four of his final six holes dropped him to 1 under, de Jonge will now begin the final round nine shots off the pace.

Storyline heading into Sunday: For much of the third round, it appeared the tournament was Watson's to lose; now, it's up to the former Masters champ to earn a second Travelers title after forfeiting his advantage during Saturday's third round. Several other players are in position to place their hands on the trophy, though, including DeLaet, Stroud, O'Hern and Duke, who are all in search of their first career wins on the PGA Tour. 

Quote of the day: “I’ve got another chance to win; that would be my fifth win. Never thought a guy from Bagdad, Fla., named Bubba would have a chance for five wins on Tour.' – Watson