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Jacobson Leads Travelers After 54 Holes, Cantlay Struggles

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Patrick Cantlay chips out of a green-side bunker on the 18th hole during the third round of the Travelers Championship golf tournament in Cromwell, Conn., on Saturday, June 25, 2011. Cantlay went on to bogey the hole and finished the round 2-over par tied for 10th in the tournament at 11-under par. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

Patrick Cantlay chips out of a green-side bunker on the 18th hole during the third round of the Travelers Championship golf tournament in Cromwell, Conn., on Saturday, June 25, 2011. Cantlay went on to bogey the hole and finished the round 2-over par tied for 10th in the tournament at 11-under par. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

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By PAT EATON-ROBB
Associated Press

CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) _ Nineteen-year-old amateur Patrick Cantlay
had trouble building on his record-setting round in the Travelers
Championship.

A day after shooting a course-record 60, the lowest score ever
by an amateur on the PGA Tour, the UCLA star had a 72 on Saturday,
and found himself five strokes behind leader Fredrik Jacobson. The
Swede had a 7-under 63 on Saturday, his third consecutive
bogey-free round.

“I’ve been OK at keeping my composure my whole life, so I’m
just drawing on past experiences and having a good time out
there,” Cantlay said. “I struggled today. I got off to kind of a
slow start and really never got any momentum going.”

Jacobson closed with a 30-foot birdie putt on No. 18 to cap his
third straight bogey-free round. The Swede opened with rounds of 65
and 66 and the 63 left him at 16 under at TPC River Highlands.

Bryce Moulder, who also opened with rounds of 65 and 66, shot a
64, and sits a stroke behind Jacobson.

Cantlay bogeyed the final two holes. An amateur hasn’t won a PGA
Tour event since Phil Mickelson in the 1991 Northern Telecom Open
in Arizona.

The 36-year-old Jacobson has three European Tour victories, but
is winless on the PGA Tour.

Molder also is looking for his first PGA Tour win.

At 194, Jacobson was a stroke off the tournament record for 54
holes.

“It obviously takes some good par putts every now and then to
keep a round like that going,” he said. “It’s nothing in
particular I’ve been focusing on, but it just turned out that
way.”

After two days of rain and drizzle, Saturday was mostly sunny.
But Jacobson said the greens were still soft. That helped on 18,
when he thought he had put too much pace on his birdie attempt.

“I was kind of hoping it was going to hit the hole and kind of
lipped a little bit past it if anything,” he said. “But I was
certainly happy when it hit the hole.”

Molder has made the cut in six of 17 tournaments this year, but
a tie for sixth at Pebble Beach is his best finish so far this
year. He had to play nine holes of his second round Saturday and
finished with a 66 before starting the third-round. His 210-yard
second shot on the fourth hole came within a foot of the pin and
got him going. He holed a 38-foot birdie putt on 17 that broke 6
feet from left.

“You’re just trying to get it close, and what do you know, the
hole gets in the way,” he said.

Cantlay, the low amateur last week in the U.S. Open, had a
one-shot lead after a birdie at 12. But he hit his drive right and
into the water on the par-5 13th, a hole he eagled twice Friday. He
found the water again on 17 and hit his second shot on 18 into a
greenside bunker.

“I hit a couple of bad drives coming in, and it cost me,” he
said. “I could have made a couple more putts, as in every round,
but I’m in a good spot, and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

Cantlay has already made it into the Golf Hall of Fame _ or at
least his ball and scorecard have, along with a pin from Friday’s
record round.

James Driscoll shot his second consecutive 64 to move into third
place at 13 under.

Defending champion Bubba Watson shot a 70 and fell 10 strokes
behind Jacobson.

“I don’t know if you’ve ever checked the record books, but no
one has ever won every tournament,” he said. “I’m not making the
putts. I’m not hitting good iron shots when I need them.”

Nate Smith had the shot of day, acing the par-3 fifth hole from
221 yards. Unfortunately for Smith, he followed that up with a
bogey on the par-5 sixth hole, and finished the day 12 shots off
the lead.

Jacobson is trying to become the first player since Lee Trevino
in the 1974 Greater New Orleans Open to play 72 holes without a
bogey. But he’d be happy just to get the win.

“I don’t think I’ve played in the last group on a Sunday,” he
said. “I think I’ve been kind of within reasonable reach, but been
looking forward to getting myself in position where I can get
tested, you know, put myself in that position.”

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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