CROMWELL, Conn. – Ryan Moore of Puyallup is in contention in the Travelers Championship — again.
Moore had an eagle and two birdies Saturday in a bogey-free, 4-under-par 66 to take a one-stroke lead over Aaron Baddeley into the final round.
“This is a tournament I really want to win, and I know it’s a tournament I can win,” said Moore, who has four top-10 finishes in eight starts in the PGA Tour event.
The 31-year-old Moore had a 13-under 197 total at TPC River Highlands after opening with rounds of 63 and 68. He won the CIMB Classic in Malaysia at the start of the season in October for his third Tour title.
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“Today was a great example of ‘it doesn’t have to be pretty’ to shoot a great golf score,” Moore said. “I honestly didn’t feel great all day hitting the ball, but drove it well enough to kind of keep myself out of trouble.”
Moore eagled the par-5 sixth, holing a 37-foot shot with his putter from just off the green, to take the lead early in the afternoon. He has made one eagle in each of his first three rounds.
Baddeley had six birdies and a bogey in a 65.
Michael Putnam (69), who is from University Place, was tied for third at 11 under with Sergio Garcia (65), K.J. Choi (69) and Scott Langley (70).
Wie, Yang are tied
PINEHURST, N.C. — Michelle Wie steadied herself with pars over the last four holes in the U.S. Women’s Open, leaving the former teen prodigy from Hawaii in position for her first major title.
Wie, 24, made back-to-back birdies for a four-shot lead, only to give it back with drives all over Pinehurst No. 2. She salvaged a 2-over 72 for a share of the lead with South Korean Amy Yang (68).
They were at 2-under 208 for 54 holes.
Juli Inkster, a 53-year-old Hall of Famer who has said this will be her 35th and final U.S. Women’s Open, shot a tournament-best 66. Inkster was tied for third at 2 over with Stephanie Meadow (69), Na Yeon Choi (71) and 18-year-old amateur Minjee Lee (72) of Australia.
Lexi Thompson (74) was among the players at 3 over after starting the day in second place.
• Tom Lehman has a three-stroke lead in the Champions Tour’s Encompass Championship, shooting a 6-under 66 before play in the 50-and-older event in Glenview, Ill., was suspended because of a thunderstorm.
Lehman had a 13-under 131 total at North Shore Country Club. Thirty-one players were unable to finish the round.
Kirk Triplett (67), a graduate of Pullman High School, was among four players at 10 under.
• Andres Gonzales of Olympia is in second place, two strokes behind Sebastian Cappelen of Denmark, in the Web.com Tour’s Air Capital Classic in Wichita, Kan.
Cappelen (5-under 65) was at 14 under for 54 holes. Gonzales shot a 66. Jeff Gove (68) of Seattle was tied for seventh at 10 under.
• Mikko Ilonen of Finland birdied the final hole for a 2-under 69 and a one-stroke lead over Danny Willett (63) of England after the third round of the Irish Open at Fota Island in Cork. Ilonen was at 13 under.