Sunday, June 28, 2020
The top of the leaderboard has undergone many changes over the first 54 holes of the Traveler's Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut, and when the final twosome tees off at 2:05 this afternoon, it will be two players who weren't directly involved for the first two rounds, but tore up the TPC River Highlands on Saturday.
It will be Brendon Todd and Dustin Johnson in the final group, both of whom shot 9-under-par 61s. Todd has taken 192 strokes over the par-70 layout, 18 under par. Johnson is two strokes behind after rounds of 69-64-61. Kevin Streelman is another stroke back at 15 under.
Mackenzie Hughes, who led after the first round with a 10-under 60, has stumbled since with a pair of 68s but is still in the hunt, alone in fourth at 14 under, and muscled-up Bryson DeChambeau is tied for fifth with Kevin Na at 13 under. With that scenario, it seems unlikely that anyone could come from further back than that to win. There are five players at 12 under, including Phil Mickelson, who held the lead at times during the second round, but is the only player now in the top 11 who didn't shoot 68 or better Saturday. Phil's 71 dropped him to 198, six strokes off the pace.
Ted Potter bowed out after round 2 after posting 72-70-142, 2 over par - the cut came at 4 under. Under the new PGA Tour rules, with the cut lowered from the top 70 and ties to the top 65 and ties, there are 68 players still competing. If the top 70 and ties was still in play, there would be 14 more playing today - that's how many wound up 36 holes at 3 under.
Seminole Hank Lebioda is still alive after rounds of 69-67-66-202, 8 under, but Gators Brian Gay (-3), Billy Horschel (-2) and Matt Every (+1) are gone.
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