Berger leads Travelers, eyes 2nd win in 2 months

Daniel Berger current official PGA TOUR headshot. (Photo by Jennifer Perez/PGA TOUR) *** Local Caption *** Daniel Berger

Daniel Berger current official PGA TOUR headshot.
(Photo by Jennifer Perez/PGA TOUR) *** Local Caption *** Daniel Berger

Third Round – PGA TOUR– Travelers Championship – TPC River Highlands – Cromwell, Connecticut —

Daniel Berger’s 8-under-62 placed the second-year PGA Tour pro in position for his second victory of the season.

Berger, who won the FedEx St. Jude Classic in June, leads the Travelers Championship by three shots after his Moving Day 62. At 15-under, Berger will tee off in the final group Sunday with a three-shot advantage over the Russell’s — Russell Henley and Russell Knox.

At 40th in the Official World Golf Ranking, Berger opened the week as a 40-to-1 betting pick at to win at TPC River Highlands. The youngest made it to the TOUR Championship last year as a rookie (helping him become Rookie of the Year) and appears headed back to TOUR Championship again this year.

Knox, who won a World Golf Championship last November at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China, could apply pressure Sunday in the final round. Knox, also a 40-1 betting selection, is No. 26 in the world ranking. Until Berger’s 62, Knox’s 64 in round three would have matched the best of the day and week.

Others with a shot if they go low and receive some help from the top of the leader board include Paul Casey and Brooks Koepka. Both are T-6 at 9-under and six back. Casey lost here in a playoff to Bubba Watson a year ago.

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