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Saturday, June 23, 2007

Former Trinity College grad Jay Williamson is the sole leader heading into the final round of the Travelers Championship. He leads by one stroke over Hunter Mahan and by two over David Toms.
Williamson would be a great story, not only because he has state ties, but because he is playing at this event on a sponsor's exemption. He currently plays on the Nationwide Tour. Only a victory would immediately return him to the PGA Tour.
Of course, a win would also make him the third straight player with New England ties to win the event. Fairfield native J.J. Henry won it last year and Rhode Island resident Brad Faxon captured the title two years ago.
But this tournament is very far from over. Fred Funk lurks three strokes back, Nick O'Hern and Pat Perez are four back. And Vijay Singh is six strokes but could post a low number, then sit and wait to see what happens.
Williamson and Mahan go off in the final group at 1:55 p.m. Beautiful weather is expected. If you don't have plans, come on out and enjoy the golf. Make sure you take in the entire experience because this tournament, finally, looks to be here to stay.

The third round is underway but no one is really making a move toward double figures. The lead remains at 8-under, a three-way tie between Nick O'Hern, Jay Williamson and Hunter Mahan.
O'Hern, a native Australian has the round of the day going at 5-under with birdies on 1, 4, 6, 9 and 14. He is currently on the 16th hole and well ahead of the final group. O'Hern, a left-hander, defeated Tiger Woods in the Accenture Match Play Championships in February.
Williamson is playing in that final group and did get to 10-under, but made two straight bogeys to fall back to 8-under through six holes.
Should be an interesting remainder of the day under sunny skies.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Another day, another rain delay.
Almost as the same time as Thursday, play was stopped due to a thunderstorm that moved in rather quickly to Cromwell. Hopefully, they will be able to finish play so the cut can be established and not have to wait until Saturday morning.
At the moment, David Toms has a 1-shot lead on Jay Williamson. Toms has had two top-5 finishes the last two weeks, so this is just a continuation of his good play. We will see if that continues over the weekend.
Hunter Mahan, the first-round leader, is currently in third place two shots behind Toms.
Word has it this could be the biggest crowd at River Highlands since 2002 when Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia were paired together in the third round. But the tournament staff does not release attendance figures anymore, so we can only guestimate that it was a good crowd out there Friday.
Hopefully, there will be no more weather delays and the people will come out to watch the action.

In the early-going on Friday, Olin Browne had consecutive eagles on hole No. 12 (a par 4) and No. 13 ( a par 5). At the moment, he stands at 6-under, just one shot behind leader Hunter Mahan.
Mahan took charge lateThursday afternoon before the thunderstorms hit. But he has gone backwards so far, struggling with the windy conditions at TPC River Highlands.
Former Trinity College grad Jay Williamson, who plays mainly on the Nationwide Tour, is playing on a sponsor's exemption and is at 6-under.
An interesting start to the second ound

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Play was suspended for the day at exactly 7:03 p.m. Thirty-nine golfers will have to complete their round Friday beginning at 7:30 a.m. The second round will go off as scheduled at 6:50.

Hunter Mahan owns a 2-shot lead over Chris DiMarco. Yale grad Bob Heintz joins five golfers tied for third with 65. Among the notables, Vijay Singh and JJ Henry are 2 -under 68 while Zach Johnson posted a 1-over 71.

Talk to you all tomorrow

Thunderstorms hit the River Highlands course late this afternoon, suspending play at 4:32 p.m. Play will resume at 5:45. Being that this is the longest day of the year, the first round should be completed today.
Stay tuned.

We are nearing the end of the first round of the Travelers Championship and Hunter Mahan, who tied for second place last year, is at 8-under-par through 14 holes. He is one stroke shy of the course record. We'll let you know later on if he does indeed break the record.
He does lead by 2 shots over Chris DiMarco, who posted a 64 in the morning. Yale University grad Bob Heintz leads a group tied for fourth at 5-under which includes Kenny Perry.
Vijay Singh was at 1-under-par at last check, reigning Masters champion at 2-under.
Check back later on for more updates.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Live from Cromwell

We are about to settle into the inaugural Travelers Championship and there's a good field in place. Yes, Phil Micklelson withdrew on doctor's orders, but Vijay Singh, Padraig Harrington, Masers champion Zach Johnson and defending champion J.J. Henry highlight a stellar field.
You can purchase tickets on-line for $25 ( or at the gate $32. The new driving range being constructed should literally take your breath away. There is a different feel to this year's event. Let's hope it turns into another good tournament in 2007.
So, my three picks for this week are:

Nick O'Hern: This Aussie has beaten Tiger Woods not once, but twice in the World Match Play event, including this year to end Tiger's seven-tournament winning streak. He is one of the tour's shorter hitters, but on this course, he can get away with it.
Ryan Moore: Finished tied for second last year behind Henry and, like O'Hern, still searching for his first tour win.
Corey Pavin: A sentimental choice here who has performed well on this course in recent years. Has some confidence after winning on topur last season for the first time since 1996.