June 23 2012
CROMWELL, Conn. -- Four of the last six winners of the Travelers Championship were first-time winners on the PGA TOUR.
With Brian Davis and Roland Thatcher sharing the lead with one round to go, it very well could become five of the last seven.
Davis shot 64 and Thatcher 65 to get to 12 under, two shots clear of John Rollins, James Driscoll and Stuart Appleby. Of that group, Driscoll, who finished fifth here a year ago, has also never won.
After rain and thunderstorms pounded the area much of Friday, skies were clear Saturday with 77 players finishing the second round before players went right back out for the third round.
With soft conditions, many players took advantage.
Nine players shot 65 or better in the third round.
J.B. Holmes went lower than that, finishing off a second-round 62 in the morning. He struggled in the afternoon, however, to fall out of contention.
So did first-round leader David Mathis. After opening with a 64, he missed the secondary cut (88 players made the initial cut) after rounds of 73 and 74.
Other notables in contention: Bubba Watson, who won here in 2010, and Camilo Villegas, both of whom are 8 under, and Webb Simpson, who is another stroke back.