Brian Harman takes one-shot lead in Travellers Championship

Rory Mc Ilroy on the 18th hole

Rory Mc Ilroy on the 18th hole

Rory McIlroy missed a 13-foot putt for par on the final hole that would have given him a share of the lead and finished in a three-way tie for third place with Brian Harmon and Peter Malnati. Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., Ben Silverman of Thornhill, Ont., and Nick Taylor of Abbotsford did not make the cut.

Left-hander Harman (31) made seven birdies in a four-under 66 to lead by two shots on 10-under par from Bryson DeChambeau (66) and Paul Casey (67).

He missed just one green and only three fairways in an opening 64 and put that down to spending last weekend working on his swing after an early exit at the US Open. He now holds a four-shot lead with one round to play. "But it was actually a pretty tough shot there, nearly a little downslope and I had to hit close to the ball, which you just have to commit to it".

The out-of-bounds to which he referred was at the par-five 13th, where he ran up an ugly eight after compounding his wild tee shot by finding a pond with his fourth. Spieth's split included two conversions from between 12 and 21 feet, recording 1.533 putts per GIR and 1.439 SG: Putting with 27 total putts. "Today I started out hotter".

It was also a good day for Pádraig Harrington (46), who fired his first bogey-free round for three months after an impressive tee-to-green performance, en route to a four-under 66. McIlroy, Watson and Justin Thomas (five-under) were grouped together Thursday and Friday, drawing large galleries.

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"He (Fleetwood) certainly has the game, the capabilities, and is somebody who has proven he's not afraid of the moment of the shot", added Spieth. "It's fun playing with good friends". "This golf course - I played it really smart today".

And he plans to keep his routines very much the same despite admitting he has never visited the challenging links course just ten miles north east of Dundee. He saved himself from being a possible candidate to miss the cut with an eagle on the par-5 sixth, where he just missed a double eagle with an approach that landed just a few feet from the hole. I obviously couldn't get a whole lot of momentum out there.

However, it was a day to forget for American Jordan Spieth, who started the second round in a tie for the lead, fell to a second round 73 to leave him on four under, three behind McIlroy and six off the leader. "So it's not like things are on".

Although Spieth emerged victorious in the 2017 Travelers championship, he has had some trouble at No. 13 in the past. Sometimes it can get disguised by rounds, but it's not far off.

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