In Cromwell, Connecticut (USA), Bubba Watson tries to drop the poker of successes at the Travelers Championship, a tournament of the PGA Tour that the American has already won in 2010, 2015 and 2018. After the 'moving day', the 42-year-old from Baghdad (Florida) with a total of 200 (-10) shots shares the lead in the standings with fellow countryman Kramer Hickok.
Australian Jason Day, leader after 36 holes, slipped to 3rd position with 201 (-9). Same score for Cameron Smith and Russell Henley. On the route of the TPC River Highlands (par 70) Guido Migliozzi lost ground. The blue slipped from 11 / a to 27 / a position with 205 (69 65 71, -5) after the first partial of the tournament above par (71, +1).
In any case, the reaction of the Vicenza player was good and he closed the first nine holes of the third round with a double bogey and two bogeys, only to recover in the "back nine" with four birdies (and another bogey).
The 24-year-old from Veneto is joined, among others, by big names like Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed. Champion reaction for Dustin Johnson, defending champion. The American, who aims to regain world leadership (taking advantage of the absence of the Spaniard Jon Rahm, who returned to number 1 after the feat at the US Open), has risen from 58 / a to 9 / a position with 203 (-7) after a ride in 65 (-5) with 6 birdies and a bogey.
Alongside him, among others, there is also the Californian Bryson DeChambeau. False step, however, for Phil Mickelson, only 73 / o (210, par). And now the final rush. Hickok dreams of his first career victory on the PGA Tour. Watson aims to emulate Billy Casper, four-time Travelers Championship winner.
While Migliozzi, after the fourth place at the US Open, wants another prestigious result. With Johnson who will try to do everything to get back to the top of the world ranking. Martin Kaymer insisted he was not putting too much pressure on himself on home soil after carding an opening 70 at the 2021 BMW International Open.
The home favourite is a two time Major Champion and former World Number One but his last win was his second Major at the 2014 U.S. Open Championship and he currently sits 99th in the Official World Golf Ranking. A long awaited victory this week at Golfclub München Eichenried would go some way to moving him back to the very top of the game, but the 36-year-old insists he is willing to be patient.
"I was searching a bit over the last few weeks what it was," he said. "I said to Craig (Connelly, caddie) also, I’m not too far away. Then you miss a cut and think you must be far away. But it didn’t feel like it.
My attitude changed a bit in terms of: I don’t need to perform this week. My goal is more mid-term, long-term. I need to get back to the Top 50 in the World, Top 20 and eventually to the Top Ten, Top Five. I need to see it step by step.
My main mission is now to play golf and work on the things I work on with my coach in the tournament without focusing so much on the result. I think that attitude takes the pressure away a little bit."