Harman slips past Watson to take lead at Travelers after three rounds

CROMWELL, June 27 – For the second straight day, Brian Harman shot a 65 to take a one-stroke lead over two-time Master’s champion Bubba Watson and Canadian Graham DeLaet at the Travelers’ Championship at the TPC River Highlands on Saturday. Harman leads the tournament at 14-under par 196 with DeLaet and Watson at 13-under. After a 62 on Thursday, Watson has shot rounds of 67 and 68. DeLaet shot a 64 Saturday with five birdies and an eagle on the 15th hole.

Harman played in some rain Saturday. “I’ve never played particularly well in the rain. But I try to look at today and we got a break. The weather was not as bad as I thought it was going to be,” he said.

“I tried to see today as an opportunity to change that tide a little bit because if it rains I think be anybody will tell you that the rain makes you feel a little uncomfortable, grips get a little wet, can’t hit the ball as solid as you want to, and there is a little water on the ball and it makes everything a little more difficult. So today was great to battle through that,” Harmon said.

Watson praised Harman’s efforts to take the lead. “He’s like a little Bulldog. He went to Georgia, too,” Watson said. “He just keeps grinding. I mean, he hits it pretty far for his size, great putter, great short game, hard worker. I can name 50 guys on tour that are like that. They play their game, they do their — they go to their strategy and don’t worry about what the other guy is doing. He’s really good at that. He’s really consistent. It’s very rare to see him blow up and have a bad day. And he’s still learning.”

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