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Day stays in touch as Reavie builds huge Travelers lead

Day in action on day three. (Photo: Getty Images / Rob Carr )
A stunning closing nine of 28 has given Chez Reavie a massive six-shot advantage heading into the final round of the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship at the TPC River Highlands near Hartford in Connecticut, last week’s 3rd placed finisher at the US Open continuing some very much improved form in recent weeks.

In a stretch of holes beginning at the 10th Reavie overcame a five shots deficit he was experiencing behind the overnight leader, Zack Sucher, and four holes later he was four ahead, extending that to six as the round was completed.

Reavie’s only PGA Tour victory to date came 11 years ago at the Canadian Open in his rookie season but there have been three runner-up finishes in addition so he is not exactly new to the situation he finds himself in although how he handles such a large lead tomorrow will be intriguing.

With three top twenties in his last four starts, including that very impressive finish last week at Pebble Beach, he has found a vein of form which might well lead to his second PGA Tour title.

“Tomorrow I'll be nervous, just as I was nervous today and nervous last week,” said Reavie referring to his great week at Pebble Beach. “I think I've been in the heat a lot more the last few years, so I kind of know how to deal with my nerves a little bit better.

“Going to come out and stick to the game plan I've had all week. Hit as many fairways as I can and get good numbers, and get scorable clubs in my hands and try and make birdies.

“If I go out and shoot 5 or 6-under tomorrow, if someone catches me they're going to play a hell of a round. That's my goal. Go shoot 5 or 6-under par tomorrow.”

Reavie leads over Keegan Bradley and Sucher who recovered from his mid-round struggles with four late birdies of his own to be sharing second place albeit six shots behind.

Jason Day and Roberto Diaz are another shot back sharing 4th place, Day unable to repeat yesterday’s heroics when recording a round of 63 but after an opening bogey and a mid-round slump of his own he was able to fashion a round of 68.

Although seven shots from the lead he is just one shot out of second place and any stumble from the leader might just open the door for his 13th PGA Tour title.

Day is working with new caddie Steve Williams for the second week in succession and, slowly but surely, they are getting to know each other although Day readily admits there is still a lot to learn in the way their working relationship comes together.

“Yeah, we've already gelled pretty quickly. The only thing is that we haven't been under the pump yet. We were kind of on the border last week of being under the pump trying to make the cut. How I react and he reacts when we're trying to make a cut; how we're going to react when we're under the pump getting into contention on Sundays.

So there are a few things that we're still trying to learn about each other, but I think for the most part we've gelled pretty quick.

“I'm leaning heavily, heavily (on Williams) That was never the way I played golf. I mean, I'm a modern-day player and he's a very old school player.

"I look at ups and downs like five down, ten down. He'll go half a club, a club. He feels it. So everything is feel for him, and so there is a blend of old school and new school, but ultimately we come back to the same number.

"I mean, I'm weighing heavily on him tomorrow because the way that he talks to me gives me confidence that I can go out there and play well and win."

Marc Leishman is the next best of the Australians, the former winner of this event in 24th place after a round of 70 today.

Cameron Davis is in 41st place while Matt Jones, the only other Australian to make the cut, will not play tomorrow after the field was reduced further for Sunday's final round. 












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