Patrick Rodgers took the whole "Moving Day" concept to heart Saturday at the Travelers Championship.
Playing in the first group of the day, Rodgers fired a bogey-free, 7-under 63 to move from the cut line into contention at TPC River Highlands. It marked the lowest score of Rodgers' fledgling PGA Tour career, and at 9 under he got within two shots of overnight leader Bubba Watson, who had yet to begin his third round when Rodgers signed his scorecard.
Rodgers, who turns 23 on Tuesday, made his professional debut last year at this event after a standout career at Stanford, finishing T-46, and he has had a successful 2015 season across two different tours. Rodgers won on the Web.com Tour earlier this year to essentially secure his PGA Tour card for the 2015-16 season, and he remains No. 9 on the season-long money list despite not playing on that circuit in nearly two months.
He has spent most of his summer finding his footing on the PGA Tour, highlighted by a runner-up finish at the Wells Fargo Championship. He secured special temporary membership with his T-40 finish at the Memorial, meaning he can accept an unlimited number of sponsor exemptions across the rest of the regular season. Rodgers will look to earn enough FedEx Cup points to equal the top 125 on last year's standings, which would give him a higher priority ranking next season than if he were to come out of the Web.com Tour graduate category.
Rodgers finished T-29 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic earlier this month, and he has now made eight of 11 cuts on the PGA Tour this season.
Rodgers started slowly in Round 3, with only one birdie in first eight holes. But after adding birdies on Nos. 9 and 10, he capped his round with four more across the final six holes, including a 22-foot make on No. 18 to finish off an inward nine of 5-under 30.
The score allowed Rodgers to move up more than 50 spots in the standings upon completion of his round, but his was hardly the only low score on a course that tends to yield plenty of red figures. Shortly after Rodgers' number went on the board, Brandt Snedeker matched him with a 7-under 63 to jump to 11 under for the week.