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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Travelers final-round tee times

They begin at 8:30 a.m.Sunday

Davis, Thatcher tied atop leaderboard

Brian Davis and Roland Thatcher are tied at 12-under-par, co-leaders through three rounds at the Travelers Championship. Both are seeking their first PGA Tour win.
The first shot was struck at 7:30 a.m. to restart the second round Saturday. The last putt was holed out at 8:21 p.m. to complete the third round. But we are back on schedule.
John Rollins, who tied for second last year, James Driscoll and Stuart Appleby are all tied for second at 10-under, 2 shots back of the co-leaders.
Six golfers are at 9-under, including Matt Kuchar, Padraig Harrington and defending champion Fredrik Jacobson.

Third round Travelers tee times

Here are the tee times for the third round at the Travelers.

Second round concludes, third round already started

The PGA Tour wastes no time when it falls behind schedule in its tournaments due to weather-related delays.

The second round concluded at approximately 12:20 p.m. Saturday with 88 golfers making the cut. The third round began at 12:30 p.m.

Second-round leader Fredrik Jacobson (9-under) goes off at 2:50 p.m. along with Camilo Villegas and JB Holmes (both at 8-under).

The cut came in at even-par 140, extending the stay of, among others, Fairfield native J.J. Henry, former University of Hartford players Tim Petrovic and Patrick Sheehan, along with former major champions Angel Cabrera and Vijay Singh.

Weather interrupts Travelers Championship

By Joe Morelli, Register Staff / Twitter: @nhrJoeMorelli
CROMWELL -- A decade has passed since Phil Mickelson defended his title at the Canon Greater Hartford Open.

Fredrik Jacobson is halfway toward becoming the second golfer to ever accomplish it in the 61-year history of what is now the Travelers Championship. His 4-under-par 66 in Friday's weather-interrupted second round gives him a one-shot lead at TPC River Highlands.

"Any tournament, it's tough to win," Jacobson said. "To win two in a row is probably tougher. But you know you have the thing going for you that you have some good memories to draw from, so hopefully that allows a little bit to increase your chances."


Friday, June 22, 2012

Play officially postponed at 6:20 p.m.

It took three extra hours, but second-round play was officially called just before 6:30 p.m. at the Travelers Championship. The last shot was struck at 3:19.
The second round will resume at 7 a.m. Saturday, followed by the third round with players going off both tees.
Fredrik Jacobson will get to sleep in since he completed his second round Friday at 9-under 131. He lead both Nathan Green and Charley Hoffman by one shot. Both players have to come back Saturday morning to complete their rounds.

Another weather delay

Thunderstorms were in the forecast for Friday so this doesn't come as a big surprise.

Play was suspended for the second time in the second round, this time at 3:19 p.m.

Nathan Green and Charley Hoffman have both moved to 8-under for the tournament, 1 shot behind Fredrik Jacobson. Green is on his 10th hole of the day while Hoffman, who started on the back nine, made five straight birdies. He is through six holes in his round.

Looks like second round won't be completed until Saturday now.

Play has resumed at Travelers

Play has resumed in the second round of the Travelers Championship. The weather delay lasted 70 minutes.

The last tee times are now scheduled to go off at 3:22 p.m., so we may be able to get entire round in if no more delays occur.

First-round leader shoots 73 Friday

David Mathis was your first-round leader with a 6-under 64, but came back with a 3-over 73 to stand at 3-under for the tournament midway through the Travelers Championship, which is currently in a weather delay.

Check out what else went on during the opening round of the Travelers on Thursday.

Weather delay at Travelers

Play was suspended at 12:50 p.m. during the Travelers Championship due to thunder and lightning.

Defending champion Fredrik Jacobson is your clubhouse leader at 9-under 131. He bogeyed the last hole.

Blake Adams, Roland Thatcher and Stuart Appleby are all tied for second at 7-under 133.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Jackopsic qualifies for U.S. Public Links

John Jackopsic of West Hartford shot a two-round total of 145 (70-75) at Fairview Farm Golf Course Thursday to be the only qualifier for the U.S. Public Links.
Jackopsic advances to play in the 87th U.S. Public Links Championship July 9-14 at Soldier Hollow GC in Midway, Utah. 
Alex Diclemente (Burlington) and Chris Delucia (Norwich) shot 146 (74-72) and 147 (71-76), respectively, to be the top two alternates.

Mathis leads Travelers

If you have never heard of golfer David Mathis, don't worry...we haven't either.

Mathis shot a 6-under-par 64 to take a one-shot lead after the opening round of the Travelers Championship Thursday. Defending champion Fredrik Jacobson is one of three golfers one shot back with 65.

Mathis has never won on the PGA Tour and missed cuts in 10 of his first 11 tournaments this year. So we will see if he can hold up for Friday let alone Saturday.

The marquee pairing of Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson and Keegan Bradley combined to shoot 10-under and are all still in contention. They go off the 10th tee t 7:45 Friday morning.

Green, Claxton early leaders

Nathan Green was in the first group off the back nine in Thursday's opening round and posted a 5-under-par 65 to be the very early leader in the clubhouse. Will Claxton is at 5-under through 12 holes.

Matt Kuchar was at 5-under, but fell back to 3-under 67.

The heat index is supposed to be over 100 degrees this afternoon on the first full day of summer. While scoring conditions are supposedly better in hotter weather, it may work against the afternoon golfers. We will see.

Big three tees off today at 12:55 p.m.

By Joe Morelli, Register Staff / Twitter: @nhrJoeMorelli
CROMWELL -- Connecticut will be in the midst of a heat wave on the first full day of summer, the kind of weather you come to expect during the Travelers Championship.

But the golf tournament has a marquee pairing that fans will be more than willing to withstand the 90-plus degree temperatures at TPC River Highlands to come watch.

The last three major champions are paired together Thursday and Friday. Webb Simpson (U.S. Open), Bubba Watson (Masters) and Keegan Bradley (PGA) go off the first tee at 12:55 p.m. in Thursday's opening round. The threesome will go off the 10th tee Friday at 7:45 a.m.

Here's more on what to expect at the Travelers

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

My picks to win the Travelers Championship:

None of my three U.S. Open picks were ever in contention last week and one of them missed the cut.

Can these picks be as bad? You decide!

1) Ryan Moore: Three top-5 finishes in this event, including a tie for second last year behind Fredrik Jacobson. He's due to pick up PGA Tour win No. 2.
2) Zach Johnson: Has never been in contention here, but Johnson is having a good season, already having won last month at the Colonial.
3) Hunter Mahan: After four straight top-4 finishes in this event, Mahan has missed the cut and tied for 43rd place in his last two trips to Cromwell. And he hasn't been in contention on tour since winning the Houston Open on April 1.

Pairings to watch at opening round of Travelers

If you are coming out on Thursday, here are the groups to follow at TPC River Highlands:
First tee
12:44 p.m.: Zach Johnson, Kyle Stanley and Fredrik Jacobson: Johsnon is ranked 18th and has won this year. So has Stanley and Jacobson is the defending champion.
12:55 p.m.: Webb Simpson, Bubba Watson, Keegan Bradley: Get here early because you may never see a pairing like this again. The last three major champions - Simpson won the US Open, Watson the Masters and Bradley the PGA - all together in one group is sure to attract the biggest following and get much of the air time on The Golf Channel.
10th tee
7:34 a.m.: Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Johnson Wagner: Kuchar is ranked seventh in the world and Mahan is ranked 10th and won the Travelers in 2007.
7:45 a.m.: Louis Oosthuizen, Padraig Harrington and Justin Leonard: Three former British Open champions playing together. This is Oosthuizen's first appearance at River Highlands.
8:29 a.m.: Ryo Ishikawa, Patrick Cantlay and John Peterson: This is the first tournament as a pro for Cantlay, who was the world's top-ranked amateur before turning pro this week. Ishikawa could have a lot of his fellow countrymen following him around the course.

Henry back in home state

CROMWELL — J.J. Henry stood on the 17th tee at the Byron Nelson Classic last month, holding the lead in the final round. Two more pars and it might have been his second PGA Tour victory.

But Henry, a Fairfield native, blew his 7-iron tee shot on the downhill par 3 past the green, leading to a double bogey. Jason Dufner, Henry’s playing partner, went on to win the tournament. Henry tied for third place.

“If I hit the same shot again, I couldn’t have hit it any better. Obviously, I would have a bit less club,” Henry said on Tuesday. “Jason Dufner was in the same group and he hit the same club so it wasn’t like I was crazy off. I hit too much club I guess. ...It still stings, there is no doubt. It’s hard to get over. But it shows I still have what it takes to win a tournament.”


Kuchar flying under radar

CROMWELL — He won a PGA Tour event against arguably the best field in golf this year, yet Matt Kuchar still flies under the radar.

Kuchar won The Players Championship — which is termed “The Fifth Major” — in May, but he won’t command the attention Webb Simpson will this week for winning the U.S. Open. He also won’t have people hounding him like they will Bubba Watson, the reigning Masters champion and 2010 Travelers Championship winner.

“My life is not going to change. I do a good job not paying attention to the outside stuff,” Kuchar said. “It’s different being a U.S. Open champion, that’s for sure. Webb will have a plate full of stuff over the next couple of months. Tiger (Woods) does it every week. Phil (Mickelson) does it every week. I don’t have to deal with it.”


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Travelers first and second-round tee times

The first two rounds are highlighted by the pairings of the last three major champions Webb Simpson (US Open), Bubba Watson (Masters) and Keegan Bradley (PGA).

Plenty of other interesting pairings for Thursday and Friday at the Travelers Championship.

Cantlay to turn pro at Travelers

The inevitable finally happened this week as Patrick Cantlay, the world's top-ranked amateur, will turn pro at the Travelers Championship.
Cantlay, who was the second-round leader at the Travelers last year after shooting a 60, just completed his sophomore year at UCLA. With little else to prove in college, the and with the PGA Tour Q School only gaining you entry to the Nationwide Tour beginning with the 2013 qualifying, it seems to be a natural for Cantlay to make his decision now.
And this tournament has had many amateurs turn pro here, like Charles Howell III, David Duval, Justin Leonard and Stewart Cink.

U.S. Junior Amateur qualifier

 Danny Guise of Greenwich earned medalist honors shooting 75-75-150 at the Golf Club at Oxford Greens to earn a spot in the U.S. Junior Amateur in July.
David Thompson (Shrewsbury, Mass.) posted a 152 total (80-72), earning him the second qualifying position and Jake Shuman (Needham, Mass.) shot 154 (81-73) to earn the third spot.
This year’s Junior Amateur will be contested on July 16-21 at The Golf Club of New England in Stratham, N.H.  

Monday, June 18, 2012

Schwartzel WDs from Travelers due to rib injury

SAN FRANCISCO — Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel is taking a month off after the U.S. Open because of a nagging rib injury.

Schwartzel has withdrawn from the Travelers Championship next week, and the South African does not plan to play again until the British Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.

He has decided to play the final round of the U.S. Open on Sunday at The Olympic Club. Schwartzel says he has experienced discomfort all week, and doctors told him he should take three weeks to rest. He says if he doesn’t take a break, it could be months before it goes away.

Schwartzel, ranked 15th in the world, finished the Open tied for 38th place.

This would have been Schwartzel's first appearance at the Travelers Championship.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Travelers gets a U.S. Open champion

With Webb Simpson winning the U.S. Open Sunday night, the Travelers Championship can now boast having the last three major champions in their field this week:
Keegan Bradley - PGA
Bubba Watson - Masters.

The last time the Travelers was able to get the reigning US Open champion was Lucas Glover in 2009 when he won at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y.

A standout at Wake Forest University, Simpson is currently ranked 14th in the world but most certainly will crack the top 10 when the new rankings come out on Monday. His two PGA Tour wins came last year at the Wyndham Championship and the Deutsche Bank Championship.