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Spieth rights ship just in time to keep one-shot lead at Travelers Ch.

CROMWELL, Conn. - Ever since he opened the Travelers Championship with a 7-under-par 63, Jordan Spieth has had trouble getting deeper under par. When he bogeyed back-to-back holes at 13 and 14 Saturday in the third round, falling into a tie with Daniel Berger and Boo Weekley at 9 under par, it looked like he was going to likely give up the lead.

But Spieth is the master of surges and streaks, and threw another one into his round just when he needed it. He had previously birdied back-to-back holes twice in the round, at 6/7 and 10/11, and did it again at 15/16. After a par at 17, Spieth crowned the round with a birdie-3 at the home hole. It gave him a round of 66, 12 under par for the tournament and retained the one-shot lead he had started the day with.

Due to rainy weather in the morning, the round didn't start until mid-morning, with the players grouped in threesomes and going off both tees. The schedule precaution worked well, and the round wasn't disrupted, with breezy, sunny and comfortably warm weather moving in. Weekley moved into contention with a 65 and 11 under overall, while Berger shot 66 and was at 9 under.

C.T. Pan came storming from the back of the pack with a 64 and will head into the final round at 8 under. Also at that total are David Lingmerth (65) and Paul Casey (66). Rory McIlroy shot an even-par 70 and was even par for the tournament.

With the Sunday forecast calling for superb weather, the players will go off in twosomes beginning at 8:15 a.m. Spieth and Weekley will tee off in the final group at 2 p.m. CBS is televising the event. 


Cliff Schrock