Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Jordan Spieth plays by the numbers — Travelers notebook

Jordan Spieth plays by the numbers — Travelers notebook

Jordan Spieth played well enough in the second round of the Travelers Championship to stay in the lead.

Jordan Spieth is right where he expected to be if he could find a way to get to 12-under par after the third day at the Travelers Championship.

Boo Weekley worked his way up the leaderboard after shooting a 65 to finish at 11 under.

Spieth responded with birdies from eight feet at the 10th and half that distance at the par-3 11th to reach 11-under, jumping back in front as Hoffman made double bogey at the par-3 16th and closed bogey-bogey. "So it just makes - especially on the back nine, you get into those chutes and around those water hazards, and it just makes it a little tricky to pick your lines when you're not used to this wind". Greater Hartford Open with a six-stroke win over Ray Floyd and Hubert Green. The others have been Gene Littler in 1959 and Tim Morris in 1982.

Spieth hopes to carry the momentum from his strong finish into the final round on Sunday.

"I put the same kind of swing on it as my earlier bunker shot", added Spieth as he celebrated his second win of the season after landing the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February. It's not the easiest course to hold the lead on. All of a sudden there is a group that is one back or even you may not be leading anymore. "So that will be the goal tomorrow".

Can anyone overtake Spieth for good? He had seven birdies in the third round and leads the tournament with 19 after three rounds. The latter putt was from feet, 7 inches. "But being able to be toward the front of the pack on a Saturday afternoon is a attractive position to be in and one that we'll certainly embrace. It was a long day, a 5½ round". "That putter let me down a little for most of the round. But it's all really in that tee ball", Spieth said. With a few feet to go it was going to have a chance and it curled right in the middle.

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"He's a guy everybody very much respects and really likes being around, and that's fun".

The victory happened after Spieth (even-par 70) and Berger (67) tied at the end of regulation at 12-under 268. With a win, he would join Tiger Woods as the only players in the modern era with 10 PGA Tour victories by the age of 24.

Spieth has now claimed his 10th Tour title before the age of 24.

Billy Horschel brought the energy in his celebration of a major comeback from at bogey on the 15th whole, setting him up for his first PGA Tour tournament win at the 2013 Zurich Classic.

It's been a while. "I'm a novice compared to Boo, but we do both like to bass fish and try to stake out a few of our favorite spots each year", Spieth said.

"I don't know how many or if I'll ever have a moment equivalent to that again".

A year ago, Berger had a three stroke lead here after three rounds.

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Defending champion Kirk Triplett shot a 73 to drop into a tie for 41st at 2 under.

Patrick Berger, who is in third place after the third round, tees off on the eighth hole on Saturday.

"It's just Jordan doing Jordan things, you know?"

Anirban Lahiri of India, playing his first tournament since tying for second at the Memorial, shot a bogey-free 63 to move to 4 under.

NOTES - At one point, Charley Hoffman had the lead for a brief time on Saturday. He had eagled 13 and birdied 14.

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