Xander Schauffele brought back a card of 67.3 shots under par on Saturday. To take a one-shot lead over his friend and Ryder Cup playing partner Patrick Cantlay. (In the third round of the Travelers Championship.)
Cantlay still took a bit of his compatriot’s lead with a round of 63.
Rookie Sahith Theegala ranks 3rd at minus-14, while Kevin Kisner is minus-13 after a round of 66.
Schauffele started his day with a five-shot lead over the pack. The American scored a personal mark by playing 48 holes without scoring a bogey.
Yet, his tee shot on the 13th hole landed in the water, and he shared the lead after committing a bogey.
“I knew it wasn’t going to be easy to protect a lead. Especially when it’s five shots and it’s easy to get comfortable,” Schauffele said at the end of her day.
Cantlay’s round, without a bogey, was the best of the day, and he maintained his second place to close the gap.
Schauffele and Cantlay have been close friends since they were paired at the 2019 Presidents’ Cup in Australia. They teamed up to win the Zurich Classic earlier this season.
“If only it was a combined score again this week, we’d do well,” Cantlay joked. “It’s always nice to play with him if he’s on my team or if he’s not.”
Schauffele is looking for his sixth individual title and the first since the Tournament of Champions in 2019. He is also aiming for his sixth consecutive top-20. He and Cantlay tied for the 14th last week at the US Open.
By a round of 66, Adam Svensson is the highest-ranked Canadian. He is tied for 15th, at minus-9. His compatriots Mackenzie Hughes (31st), Michael Gligic (42nd), and Ben Silverman (55th) will also compete in the final round.
World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler leads a quartet to 11th, seven strokes behind the leader.
As for Rory McIlroy, he slipped again to find himself 31st (-6), in the company of the Frenchman Paul Barjon. He made him a jump of 28 ranks, thanks to a beautiful card of 66.