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Our New Haven Register sportswriters will be filing updates all week from the Travelers Championship at the TPC River Highlands course in Cromwell

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Your third-round leaders....

Fredrik Jacobson will enter Sunday's final round with a one shot lead (minus-16) over Bryce Molder. James Driscoll is three strokes back in third place, with 12 players at either minus-12 or minus-11.

Amateur sensation Patrick Cantlay, the leader at the start of round three, shot a 2-over 72 and is now five shots behind Jacobson.

Jacobson answers with birdie

Fredrik Jacobson birdied the 18th hole to move to 16-under, 1 ahead of Bryce Molder, who is on 18 now.

Bryce Molder tied for lead

Molder hold a 38-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole to tie Fredrik Jacobson for the lead at 15-under. This will be your final group of the day on Sunday.

Jacobson now up by 2

Fredrik Jacobson birdied 14 and 15, Patrick Cantlay bogeyed the par-5 13th, Jacobson now at 15-under with 2-shot lead over Cantlay and Bryce Molder.

Cantlay takes lead again

Amateur makes birdie on 9 and 11 to move to 14-under. No one at the top going really low, so Cantlay was able to overcome early struggles to retake lead. Jacobson, Molder and Trahan are at 13-under

Molder takes lead

Bryce Molder birdies the ninth hole to go to 13-under and sole possesion of the lead. It is definitely a shootout here at TPC River Highlands.

Top of leaderboard getting crowded

Four-way tie for lead at Travelers: Cantlay, Jacobson, Molder and Wagner. Cantlay and Wagner missed golden opportunities for birdie at 6.

Cantlay, Wagner still tied through 5 holes

Pat Cantlay and Johnson Wagner are both 12-under through five holes in the third round. Brian Davis, Fredik Jacobson, Nick Watney and Bryce Molder are all 1 back at 11-under. J.J. Henry is 2 back.

Cantlay bogeys second hole

Patrick Cantlay bogeyed the easy, short second hole to fall back into a three-way tie for the lead with Johnson Wagner and Shane Bertsch at 12-under.
Bo Van Pelt is 1 shot back.

Stankowski making a move

Paul Stankowski has birdied five straight holes and has moved to minus-10 for the tournament. He's about to complete nine holes for his third round.

Best of the day, so far

Fairfield's J.J. Henry has the best front 9 of the day with a 32. Martin Laird has the best back nine of the day with a 33.

Six within three shots

Bo Van Pelt and Fredrik Jacobson are one-under today, making it six at 10-under or better for the tournament. Leader Patrick Cantlay just teed off to start his third round.

We've got an ace

D.J. Brigman had a hole-in-one on the 158-yard 11th. He's now minus-2 for the round and seven-under for the tournament.

Third round begins at 11:45 a.m.

JJ Henry is in the first group off the first tee while University of Hartford graduate Jerry Kelly is off the 10th tee.

Pat Cantlay, Johnson Wagner and Nick Watney go off No. 1 at 1:45 p.m. in the final group. Without any weather delays, it should put the tournament on schedule for Sunday with twosomes.

Second round complete

Patrick Cantlay holds a 1-shot lead over Johnson Wagner. Both golfers ar at 13-uner and 12-under respectively.
Nick Watney and Shane Bertsch are tied for third at 10-under. Bertsch will join Cantlay and Wagner will be in the final group when the third round begins at 11:45 a.m.
The cut came at 4-under, the lowest in tournament history. Among those heading home are Jim Furyk, Geoff Ogilvy, David Duval, Brad Faxon, Anthony Kim, Justin Leonard, Lucas Glover and first-round leader Jim Renner, who missed it by one.

Second round still going

But the cut looks to be coming at 4-under-par, which means Geoff Ogilvy, Lucas Glover and possibly Jim Furyk, if he doesn't birdie the final hole, will miss the cut.

Also likely going home is first-round leader Jim Renner, who followed up his 63 on Friday with a 74 to complete 36 holes at 3-under - and it won't be good enough unless the remaining golfers start making some bogeys.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Cantlay is your leader through Friday

Amateur Patrick Cantlay set the course record in the second round, firing a 10-under 60 to get to 13-under par through 36 holes. Hehas a four-shot lead in the middle of the second round.

Play was suspended at 8:01 p.m. Half the field has between seven and 16 holes to play to complete the second round. The projected cut is at 3-under 137.

Cantlay, a rising sophomore at UCLA, said he shot a 60 at his home course a few months ago.

Among the players at 9-under are Andres Romero, who still has 13 holes left in his second round, and Vaughn Taylor, a former tour winner.

Th seocnd round will resume at 7 a.m. Saturday. The third round will begin shortly after its completion.

Cantlay now at 11-under

Patrick Cantlay birdied the 14th hole, now has a two-shot lead on the field. He is 8-under for the round.

Cantlay your new leader

Patrick Cantlay, the amateur from UCLA, playing here on a sponsor's exemption, eagled the par-5 13th hole to vault into the lead at the Travelers at 10-under-par.

Taylor misses birdie putt

Vaughn Taylor slid birdie putt by hole on 18 to stay tied at 9-under with Webb Simpson and David Mathis, who is still out on course.

Bubba Bounce Back

After a dreadful end to his back nine, Watson birdied 10, 11 and 12, parred 13 and 14 and then birdied 15 to get back to 6-under.
Brian Davis has joined Webb Simpson and Vaughn Taylor atop the leaderboard at -9.

Simpson and Taylor new co-leaders

Webb Simpson and Vaughn Taylor are tied for the lead at 9-under late in their second rounds.

Cantlay Can

The college freshman, the teenage phenom Patrick Cantlay is sharing the lead right now with Vaughn Taylor at 8-under. Cantlay is on the 10th hole now.
If Cantlay wins the tournament (early, I know) he would not receive the $1,080,000 first prize, as he is still an amateur. He has said that he wants to finish at UCLA and earn his degree. Noble yes, but if he watches the second-place guy get a check for $1 million, any human being would have to think twice.

All hail the Amateur

Pat Cantlay, the freshman phenom at UCLA, who was the low amateur at the U.S. Open, has now gone to 7-under, making it a six-way tie for lead.

Five-way tie at Travelers

D.J. Trahan and Michael Putnam have joined the fray at 7-under par as the birdie assault on TPC River Highlands continues in the second round.

Three's Company; What's Happening to Watson?

Webb Simpson and Vaughn Taylor have joined Brandt Jobe atop the leaderboard at 7-under. Amateur phenom Patrick Cantlay is 3-under through six holes in his second round and sits 1 shot back at 6-under.
Defending champ Bubba Watson parred his first two second-round holes and then birdied his next two to sit at -6. Since then, he has gone bogey, bogey, par, double-bogey, par and is now only 2-under going to the back nine. Missing the cut has become a real possibility for the man with the plaque on 18.

The Other Brandt

Brandt Snedeker started his second round with three straight pars, then buried five straight birdies to reach 5-under. His playing partners are Bubba Watson and Geoff Ogilvy, so that's the group to follow right now.

Patience Pays Off

Brandt Jobe is alone in first after Jim Renner bogied his first hole of the second round. Jobe at -7, Renner and half the population of Cromwell is 1 shot back at 6-under.

Patience of Jobe

Brandt Jobe has joined Jim Renner at the top (-7) with birdies on 11 and 12.

Connecticut Connections

Tim Petrovic (U. of Hartford) leads the Nutmeggers at 4-under, Jerry Kelly (UHart) is at -2, J.J. Henry (Fairfield) and Jay Williamson (Trinity) are 1-under, Will Strickler (Madison) is 3-over and Generalissimo Fran Marrello (Canaan CC) is still withdrawn.

According to Jim

With a birdie on No. 9, Jim Renner has taken sole possession of first place at the end of his first round, a 7-under 63. He will tee off to begin his second round in about a half hour.

Wait, I've Heard of Him!

Better known in these parts as Heidi Watney's cousin, Nick Watney and former Masters champion Zach Johnson are at -5.
Bubba Watson, Scott Verplank, one of Watson's sudden-death victims last year and two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen are at -4.
Top American finisher in last week's U.S. Open Kevin Chappell, Vijay Singh and amateur phenom Patrick Cantlay are at -3.
Former U.S. Open champs Jim Furyk and John "I have the same name as a famous porn star so I'll change my first name to J.B." Holmes are at -2.
Former U.S. Open champ Geoff Ogilvy, former British Open champ Ben Curtis, former two-time British Open and PGA Championship winner Padraig Harrington and former one-time British Open and PGA Championship winner John Daly are at -1.
Those are the ones you may know that are under par right now.

The Simpson

Webb Simpson went birdie-birdie on his first two holes of his second round to pull into a tie with Moore, Romero, Rocha and Renner at 6-under with a share of the lead.

Your New Leaders Are...

Tag Ridings just bogied the second hole to fall to -5 as leaders Ryan Moore, Andres Romero, Alexandre Rocha and Jim Renner are all knotted up at -6.
At this point last week, Rory McIlroy was leading the U.S. Open by 27 strokes.

Your new leader is....

Jim Renner, who just birdied the third hole, his 12th of the day, just went to 7-under-par to take the lead in the Travelers Championship.

He hails from Masachusetts. He was on the Hooters Tour last year. He is a rookie on the PGA Tour at 28, making it through the tour's Q School.

Mediate withdraws

Rocco Mediate has withdrawn from the Travelers Championship with an elbow injury. The PGA Tour did not say which elbow it was.

Moore, Romero tied for lead

Ryan Moore and Andres Romero both shot 6-under 64s to tie for the first-round lead. They lead eight golfers, including Nick Watney and Zach Johnson and Michael Bradley, all of who are also done with first round.

All of those who never teed it up Thursday are on the golf course. Once they finish, they will turn right around and tee off for the second round. Those who finished this morning won't tee off until 6 p.m. weather permitting.

The leader on the golf course is Vaughn Taylor, who is 5-under through 12 holes.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Play postponed for the day

After sitting here without golf since 11:28 a.m., and two different rescheduled restart times,
play has been suspended for the day at shortly after 6 p.m.

Play will resume at 7 a.m.

Afternoon golfers will begin at 7:15 a.m.

Snooze Alarm

Just like your alarm clock in the morning, the PGA Tour higher-ups keep pushing the start time back little by little. We are now scheduled to tee off at 6:30 p.m. Feel free to roll back over and pull the covers up.

Guess what?

New start time is 6 p.m. thanks to the little band of rain we are now having.

It is raining yet again

But play is still scheduled to begin at 5:45 p.m. Sounds pretty hard here in the media center.

Now On The Tee...

Play will resume at 5:45 p.m. for a grand total of a 6-hour (roughly) weather delay.

Who's in the Clubhouse...and Staying There

As of 4:40 p.m., only six golfers have finished the first round of this year's Travelers Championship. Kris Blanks (-2), Ben Curtis (-1), Graham DeLaet (E), Scott Stallings (+1), Steve Elkington (+1) and Paul Goydos (+2).
If play resumes within an hour (not a definite), there would still be groups that won't get a chance to tee off at all today. Though not likely, the possibility exists for a 36-hole day tomorrow for some of the later groups.

Course Update

Tournament director Nathan Grube stated the practice range "has no casual water" and that officials are letting the course drain for a little while before inspecting the conditions. Golf may actually be in the forecast.

Range is Open

Officials are out on the course checking the conditions but the practice range has opened. Morelli has already been kicked off to make way for the pros to loosen up.

Has the rain stopped?

It looks like it has...but more looks to be on the way. We are still waiting here for golf.

But at least this is a positive sign....

Four hours and counting...

The rain has not let up whatosever here at the Travelers Championship.

If it does, it wil take significant time to get the course in playable shape. But the PGA Tour is waiting the storm out, like the rest of us.

Better Days

Inside the media tent, the 2010 Travelers Championship is being replayed on television. Weather looks beautiful. And we're still waiting for Bubba Watson's drive on 18 to come to a complete stop.

Latest update

courtesy of, check out what the PGA is saying about playing some time today here

Bright Side

The Travelers' logo is a giant umbrella. Advertising possibilities have been endless the last two days. Here's hoping Sunglass Hut takes over primary sponsorship this weekend.

Weather delay reaches 2 hours

It is now past 1:30 and it is absolutely pouring here in Cromwell at the Travelers Championship.

The good news is the course is built on a sand basin, so it drains quickly.

The bad news? We have no idea right now if, or when, play will continue in the opening round.

To Clarify

When the thunder rolled, the horn sounded. Golfers are allowed to finish whatever hole they are on when the horn sounds. After that, they head off the course. No changes on the leaderboard so far, Michael Bradley at -6 and a small army at -5.

Bradley still leads

Michael Bradley is at 6-under-par through 16 holes, leading seven players by one shot.

Thunder Rolls

The first sounds of thunder have caused play to stop at 11:28. Will keep you updated.

What's in a Name?

The aptly-named Chris Couch (not the most fit guy on tour) just missed a long birdie putt that would have given him a tie for the lead with Michael Bradley at 6-under. Couch makes par and stays with the group at -5 (Bryce Molder, John Rollins, Bo Van Pelt, Vijay Singh, Fredrik Jacobson and Andres Romero).

Bradley early first-round leader

Michael Bradley is at 6-under-par through 13 holes in the opening round of the Travelers Championship.
Bryce Molder, Zach Johnson, Fredrik Jacobson and Andres Romero are all at 5-under. Everyone still out on the course.

So far, no rain at the won't be much longer, I'm afraid.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Done For Today

All golfers -- celebrities, pros and in between -- are off the course and action is over for Wednesday. The pro-am was largely affected by weather, with most not finishing and the afternoon groups only getting in 9 holes.
Let's hope for better weather for the rest of the week, although it's not looking too promising the next couple of days.
And to update a previous post, Morelli beat the crap out of The Miz.

Ring the Bell

WWE wrestler The Miz is in the media room now. Joe Morelli has challenged him to a match. No word on whether or not The Miz has accepted.

It's raining here again

But play is still going on in the Travelers Celebrity Pro-Am.

This is a recording.

Getting Back Out There

The afternoon groups will be playing nine holes starting at 2 p.m.

Celebrity pro-am update

Morning tee times are done for day at Travelers Celebrity Pro-Am. The hope is to get the afternoon foursomes out for nine holes.

T-storms in Cromwell

This could be a familiar refrain over the next few days - rain and thunderstorms at the Travelers Championship.

The Celebrity Pro-Am at TPC River Highlands has been suspended until the weather subsides.

More on Furyk and Ogilvy

Here is a story on the two veterans who have returned to the Travelers Championship after a 10-year absence.

Thursday-Friday tee times

Here are the tee times for the first and second round Thursday and Friday.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Celebrity pro-am pairings

Here are the pairings for Wednesday's celebrity pro-am tournament at the Travelers.

Furyk, Ogilvy back after 10-year hiatus

Jim Furyk and Geoff Ogilvy have returned to play in the Travelers Championship for the first time since 2001.
David Duval is back for the first time since 2003.All three, along with Kenny Perry, Martin Laird are already out on the large driving range at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell.
It should make for an interesting tournament in one of the best fields the Travelers Championship has ever had - including previous title sponsors.

Monday, June 20, 2011

More scores from qualifier

T1 John Merrick Reston, VA 33-34--67 -5
T1 Joe Ogilvie Austin, TX 31-36--67 -5
T1 Lee Janzen Orlando, FL 33-34--67 -5
T1 Christopher DeForest Cottekill, NY 33-34--67 -5

T5 James Hazen Miller Place, NY 34-35--69 -3
T5 John Stoltz Middletown, NY 34-35--69 -3
T5 Chris Smith Peru, IN 34-35--69 -3
T5 Kyle Gallo Kensington, CT 32-37--69 -3
T5 Kyle Bilodeau Manchester, CT 34-35--69 -3
T10 John Kelly Saint Louis, MO 35-35--70 -2
T10 Brad Adamonis Coral Springs, FL 35-35--70 -2
T10 Jason Caron Greenwich, CT 35-35--70 -2
T10 Scott Piercy Las Vegas, NV 35-35--70 -2
T10 Cliff Kresge Kingsport, TN 35-35--70 -2
T10 Patrick Sheehan Oviedo, FL 35-35--70 -2
T16 Jeffrey Dantas Seekonk, MA 37-34--71 -1
T16 Matthew Belizze North Salem, NY 35-36--71 -1
T16 Jason Thresher (a) West Suffield, CT 38-33--71 -1
T16 Brett Stegmaier Vero Beach, FL 37-34--71 -1
T16 Robert Gamez Orlando, FL 36-35--71 -1
T16 Tarik Can Manhasset, NY 35-36--71 -1
T16 Alex Aragon San Diego, CA 34-37--71 -1
T23 Leif Olson Scottsdale, AZ 37-35--72 E
T23 Rick Leal West Springfield, MA 36-36--72 E
T23 Len Mattiace Jacksonville, FL 35-37--72 E
T23 Danny Forshey Montgomery, AL 37-35--72 E
T27 Robert Leopold (a) Cranston, RI 35-38--73 +1
T27 Frank Lickliter II Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 36-37--73 +1
T27 Justin Martinson Avondale, PA 37-36--73 +1
T27 David McKenzie Dallas, TX 36-37--73 +1
T27 Jarred Texter Millersville, PA 36-37--73 +1
T27 Brandon Cigna Novi, MI 33-40--73 +1
T33 Samuel Cyr San Diego, CA 35-39--74 +2
T33 William Smith (a) Avon, CT 37-37--74 +2
T35 Michael Carbone Brewster, MA 36-39--75 +3
T35 John Elliott Westerly, RI 37-38--75 +3
T35 James Becker Bloomfield, CT 40-35--75 +3
T35 James Fitzpatrick Stratford, CT 40-35--75 +3
T35 Adam D'Amario Feeding Hills, MA 34-41--75 +3
T35 Jacob Halligan Kensington, CT 39-36--75 +3
T41 Charles Meola Mamaroneck, NY 37-39--76 +4
T41 Jon Cote South Norwalk, CT 39-37--76 +4
T41 Johnny DelPrete Palm City, FL 39-37--76 +4
T41 Rob Garland (a) Nashville, TN 36-40--76 +4
T41 Mike Devlin Springfield, MA 38-38--76 +4
T41 William Street Hamden, CT 39-37--76 +4
T41 Matthew Harmon Grand Rapids, MI 38-38--76 +4
T48 Francesco Tripodi (a) Waterbury, CT 36-41--77 +5
T48 Evan Beirne North Haven, CT 38-39--77 +5
T48 Chris DeJohn Rocky Hill, CT 40-37--77 +5
T48 Steve Allan Scottsdale, AZ 42-35--77 +5
T52 Daniel Licursi Chandler, AZ 37-41--78 +6
T52 Chad Stumpo (a) Chestnut Hill, MA 40-38--78 +6
T52 John Shea Glastonbury, CT 40-38--78 +6
T52 Brett Bergeron LaPlace, LA 40-38--78 +6
T56 Kevin Blaser (a) Somerset, MA 42-37--79 +7
T56 Davis Lee Palisades Park, NJ 42-37--79 +7
58 Jeff DelRosso Cheshire, CT 39-41--80 +8

Janzen among Monday qualifiers

Former two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen was among four qualifiers for this week's Travelers Championship on Monday at Gillette Ridge Golf Club in Bloomfield.

The 1993 and 98 Open winner joined Joe Ogilvie, John Merrick and Chris DeForest in the field. All four players shot 67.

Briny Baird and Michael Allen, who was originally in the qualifier, are also now in the tournament after two players withdrew on Monday, including Brian Gay.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Fowler WDs from Travelers due to injured knee

The reason Rickie Fowler withdrew from the Travelers Championship become public on Saturday: a tweaked knee. Fowler missed the cut at the U.S. Open:

Here was his tweet on Saturday:

"Bummed out I won't be at the this year...tweaked my knee this week & need a week off to reduce inflammation docs orders."

Travelers sponsors exemptions

Here is Sunday's story about the seven golfers who received sponsors exemptions into the Travelers Championship.