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Moore leads Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands

Final Round Preview – PGA Tour – Travelers Championship –TPC River Highlands – Cromwell, Connecticut –

Nearly two dozen golfers are within five shots of the lead heading into the final round of the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship.

Everyone is chasing Ryan Moore, who is 13-under through 54 holes after a third-round 66. Moore’s opening-round 63 put him in the mix at TPC River Highlands in Connecticut. The former UNLV golfer has three Top 4s in eight starts at this venue.

He tees off at 2 p.m. local time with Australia’s Aaron Baddeley, who sits just a shot back. At 11-under is a host of accomplished players including K.J. Choi, Scott Langley and Sergio Garcia. Garcia shot 65 Saturday to give himself a shot at victory Sunday.

Kevin Streelman and Nick Watney are part of a group at T-7 and 9-under. Streelman fired a 64 in round three.

Moore won on the PGA Tour back in October of 2013 as part of the wrap-around season. He captured the CIMB Classic in Malaysia. He is 44th in the Official World Golf Ranking with multiple PGA Tour titles on his resume.

At 33-to-1 betting odds coming into the week at www.ladbrokes.com, Moore is the most-recent winner among the leaders – save for Garcia, who won on the European Tour at the Qatar Masters in January. Garcia, 8th in the rankings, was a 16-1 selection to win this week.

Baddeley, playing in the final pairing, continues to under-deliver considering he is one of the best putters in the game. Badds was 113th on the PGA Tour Money List last season making just 10 of 24 cuts.

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