Best friends duo Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantley made up the final group for the Traveler Championship on Saturday. The pair won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans earlier this season at TPC Louisiana and were comfortable throughout the third round.
On Sunday they will also be together.
Schauffele recovered well from his first ghost place in the tournament at number 13 with birdies on 16 and 17 to get down to 17, while Cantley played consistently all day. Ghostless, seven birds 63 closed the gap between him and his good buddy.
They will have a last half in the final round where Schauffele is one shot better than Cantley.
Here are five takeaways from the third round of the Adventurers Championship.
Cantley went hunting
Patrick Cantley strikes on the ninth green during the third round of the Travelers Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carcietta-USA TODAY Sports
When Patrick Cantley went out to fight Bryson DeChambeau at last year’s BMW Championship, he had this look in his eyes. Despite DeChambeau leading him every hole, Cantley took every shot he looked at during the playoffs and ultimately won the tournament.
He had the same expression in his eyes on Saturday. Just look at his reaction to Schauffele hitting one for 17.
Seven birds, no ghosts, and a chance to win on Sunday.
Movement to the top
Sahit Tigala strikes from the first tee during the third round of the Travelers Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carcietta-USA TODAY Sports
Sahit Tigala came close to claiming his first PGA Tour title earlier this year at the WM Phoenix Open but ended up tied for third.
On Saturday in the River Highlands, a young man fell. Thanks to five birds and an eagle on 13th par-5, Tigala broke into the leaderboard from 6th to 64th.
He played three shots and there are 18 holes left.
More big numbers for Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy hits from the first tee during the third round of the Travelers Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carcietta-USA TODAY Sports
Sitting in 8th place early in the day, McIlroy needed a low round on Saturday to have any chance of winning. But another big number killed his chances.
At a short par-4 second, McIlroy pulled the pilot into a tree that was only 60 yards from the teeing area. After his fescue adventure, he left the green with a double scarecrow.
On Friday, a quad bogey sent him plummeting down the leaderboard after taking the lead at 13th down.
He seems to be running out of steam after a tiring few weeks. Two late scarecrows knocked him back down to level 6 for the tournament.
baby have a chance
US amateur Michael Thorbjornsen talks to his caddy as they walk down the 13th hole during the first round of the TPC River Highlands Touring Championship on June 23, 2022 in Cromwell, Connecticut. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
A week after missing out on the US Open, amateur Michael Thorbjornsen has a shot at winning the Traveler’s Championship.
A young guy from Wellesley, Massachusetts, just a short drive from Cromwell, Connecticut. He is currently a student at Stanford and leads the Cardinal in scoring average in his sophomore year.
After rounds 68-65, Thorbjørnsen posted 66 points on move day and pulled back six points before Sunday.
It’s time to win, Xander.
Xander Schauffele hitting the fairway on the ninth hole during the third round of the Travelers Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carcietta-USA TODAY Sports
Yes, he won Zurich. Yes, he won a gold medal in the Olympics. But it’s been a long time since Schauffele won a PGA Tour stroke play tournament. How? Well …
Morikawa has won five times on the PGA Tour, including two major championships.
It’s time to finish the job, Xander.