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Todd matches Johnson’s 61 to take the lead at Travelers

CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) – Brendon Todd and Dustin Johnson every shot career-low 61s at the Travelers Championship on Saturday, leaving Todd with a two-stro-ke lead over the 2016 U.S. Open champion.

The 34-year-old Georgian, enjoying a pair holes behind Johnson, had an opportunity at the event’s second 60 of the week however missed a 10-foot putt to the left on the 18th gap.

He completed with a 54-hole rating of 192, 18 below par, after sho-oting 66-65 the first two rounds. Johnson, who’s searching for his 21st win on tour, additionally has improved every day, opening with a 69-64.

Both shot bogey-free rounds, with Todd making 5 birdies on the entrance 9 and Johnson 5 on the again. Todd mentioned the spherical turned a sport of no matter you are able to do, I can do exactly as nicely.

“It’s hard to miss the leader boards obviously, so (Johnson’s) name was up there from a pretty early point,” Todd mentioned. “Again, I just use it as motivation to go out there and make some more birdies.”

Todd is searching for his third win of the season however his first since the fall, when he went back-to-back at the Bermuda Championship and the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico.

“Whenever I get a two- or three-week stretch in a row, I tend to be playing better by the end of it,” he mentioned. “That’s just something I’m using to my advantage now after missing two cuts. I’m peaking in the third week and hopefully I can get it done tomorrow.”

Despite going 9 below for the day, Johnson lamented lacking a number of birdie probabilities and and eagle try on the par-Four ninth, when his ball stopped six inches from the pin.

Just two of his birdie places, an 18-footer at the 10th gap and a 21-footer on the 12th, have been longer than 9 ft.

“I really felt like I controlled the distance with my irons really well and hit tons of good shots,” he mentioned. “I had a lot of really good looks at birdie.”

Kevin Streelman fired a 63 after two straight rounds of 66 and was simply three pictures again. Mackenzie Hughes, who led after a 60 on Thursday, shot his second straight 68 for sole possession of fourth place.

Today if I had putted like I did the first day, I could have shot low 60s for sure,” Hughes mentioned. “Play the same as I did today tee to green and roll in a few putts and it’ll be awesome.”

Bryson DeChambeau and Kevin Na every shot 65 and have been tied for fifth at 197.

Phil Mickelson, who celebrated his 50th birthday on June 16, started the day with a one-stro-ke lead however struggled, ending tied for seventh in a bunch six pictures again. He made simply his second bogey of the week on the third gap and in addition dropped strokes on the seventh and 13th earlier than ending with a 71.

Mickelson, searching for his 45th win and third on this course, has principally struggled. He missed the lower in his earlier three tournaments.

“I haven’t played great this year,” he mentioned. “I’ve missed a lot of cuts, and the next thing I know my game is starting to come back and I can sense it. I played two great rounds, and this is really a lot of fun.”

Top-ranked Rory McIlroy, who opened the event with a 63, mentioned he feels he’s too far again to contend for the title after rounds of 68 and 69. He bogeyed two of his ultimate 4 holes – his tee shot landed in the water on the course’s signature 15th gap and he additionally made bogey at 18 – to end in a bunch eight pictures again.

“I guess, if I had have been able to sneak a couple more over the last few holes, get to 14 and then all of a sudden you feel like you’re right in it. But I went the other way those last few holes, and that’s what took me out of it,” he mentioned.

Jason Day requested to be examined for COVID-19 on Saturday morning simply earlier than his spherical. Officials determined to have him play as a single on Saturday as a precautionary measure. He shot a 69 and is 1 below par headed into Sunday.

There have been seven COVID-19-related withdrawals from the Connecticut occasion.

Two gamers withdrew due to the coronavirus Friday – Denny McCarthy for a constructive take a look at, and Bud Cauley, who examined unfavourable however determined to pull out after enjoying alongside McCarthy on Thursday.

McCarthy was the third PGA Tour participant to take a look at constructive for the virus since its restart and the second this week, becoming a member of Cameron Champ, who withdrew Tuesday.

Nick Watney withdrew simply earlier than the second spherical of final week’s RBC Heritage Championship. Webb Simpson, Graeme McDowell, Brooks Koepka and his brother Chase additionally withdrew from the Travelers after coming into contact with individuals who had the virus.

McDowell and Brooks Koepka’s caddies each examined constructive. Simpson cited the constructive take a look at of a member of the family.

The PGA mentioned due to the constructive exams this week, gamers, caddies, and anybody else “inside the bubble,” won’t be allowed on the property at future tournaments till first being cleared with a unfavourable take a look at for the coronavirus.

Officials mentioned Saturday that each one of the follow-up exams on account of potential contact with McCarthy got here again unfavourable.

The spherical started early in the day due to threatening climate, with golfers going off each the first and 10th tees. It completed simply earlier than the skies opened. A forecast for extra rain on Sunday will imply one other early begin.

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