Travelers Championship: Xander Schauffele retains lead despite Cantlay charge
Xander Schauffele held on to his lead at the Travelers Championship thanks to a three-under-par 67 in the third round.
However, Patrick Cantlay cut his lead – which was five shots at the halfway stage – down to just one thanks to his round of seven-under-par on Saturday.
Sahith Theegala, seeking his first title win on tour in his 38th start, sits in third place.
“I’ve got to make a few more birdies tomorrow,” Schauffele said.
“I thought I was pretty steady for the most part. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy to protect a lead, especially when it’s five shots and it’s easy to get comfortable.”
Cantlay recorded a bogey-free 63, the low round of the day in pursuit of his eighth career tour victory.
“I thought I played really well today,” Cantlay said. “I think lowest of the day. No real mistakes. I could have made a few more putts, but all in all it was a great round.”
Theegala, 24, recorded a career-best, 54-hole score of 196.
“I’m definitely going to be nervous, definitely going to be excited,” Theegala said, looking ahead to the final round.
Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, who was joint-leader after the first round, shot 72 on Saturday to drop 24 spots into a tie for 31st at six under.