You Oughta Know: Travelers Championship


A crowded leaderboard has been created at the Travelers Championship, where three players share the lead heading into Sunday. Here's what You Oughta Know prior to the final round at TPC River Highlands, where Bubba Watson is in search of his second Travelers title in the last four years:

• Despite forfeiting a three-shot lead across the back nine Saturday, Bubba Watson holds a share of the lead as he looks for his first win since the 2012 Masters. Watson is no stranger to success at TPC River Highlands, having finished T-2 a year ago and having won a playoff in 2010 to capture his first career PGA Tour victory.

• Like Watson, Charley Hoffman was a runner-up a year ago in Hartford, though the result was much more disappointing for him than for Watson. A two-time winner on the PGA Tour, Hoffman appeared headed for victory after 70 holes at TPC River Highlands, but a double bogey-bogey finish dropped him one shot behind winner Marc Leishman. This week, Hoffman has a chance to make up for last year's bittersweet result, taking a share of the lead into the final round after opening the week with a 9-under 61 Thursday.

• In search of his first PGA Tour win, Graham DeLaet has more on his mind this week than just golf. A native of Canada, DeLaet has kept an eye on the rampant flooding currently threatening the city of Calgary, using his golf to help the relief efforts by donating $1,000 per birdie and $2,500 per eagle this weekend in Connecticut. Now a resident of Boise, Idaho, DeLaet’s best career finish to date was a tie for third at the 2010 Shell Houston Open.

• Each of the last two Travelers winners have made TPC River Highlands the site of their maiden PGA Tour victory, and several names on the top of the leaderboard are hoping to follow in the footsteps of Fredrik Jacobson and Marc Leishman. Of the 13 players within three shots of the lead, seven are still in search of their first win, including Chris Stroud and Nick O’Hern, who begin the final round one shot off the pace in a tie for fourth.

• If recent form in Hartford is any indicator, Sunday’s final round could be wide open. Two of the last three Travelers champions have overcome a six-shot deficit in the last 18 holes to win, with Watson firing a Sunday 64 before triumphing in a playoff in 2010 and Leishman shooting a 62 to notch a come-from-behind victory a year ago. After 54 holes, a crowded leaderboard includes 18 players within four shots – and 31 players within six shots – of the lead.

• On the heels of his major breakthrough at the U.S. Open, Justin Rose has shown no signs of a hangover this week in Hartford. The Englishman has fired three sub-par rounds at TPC River Highlands after surviving a week at Merion where no player finished under par, and as a result he enters the final round tied for seventh, just three shots behind the co-leaders. Rose is vying to become the first player to win the week after claiming the U.S. Open since Ernie Els, who won at Congressional in 1997 and followed that up with a win at the Buick Classic one week later at Westchester Country Club.