CROMWELL, Conn. — Englishman Brian Davis shot 6-under 64 and Roland Thatcher had 65 Saturday to share the third-round lead in the Travelers Championship at 12-under 198.
Both are looking for their first win on the PGA Tour.
Davis made an early move, shooting 29 on the front nine with six birdies. Thatcher overtook him with three straight birdies on the back nine and had a one-stroke lead before missing a 7-foot par putt on the 17th hole.
"I executed just really well in that stretch," Thatcher said. "It's easy to say they're easy holes, and that's what you should do, but you still have to execute."
Seventeen other players were within five strokes of the lead entering the final round.
John Rollins, James Driscoll and Stuart Appleby were two strokes back. Defending champ Fredrik Jacobson, who led after two rounds, shot par 70 to remain at 9 under.
Davis said his fast start was helped by the thunderstorms that pushed the finish of the second round to Saturday morning and softened up the greens.
"I didn't even realize I had shot 29," said Davis, who has been a runnerup on tour five times. "I was just playing and everything was going right. Then obviously we hit the turn and we had the wind pick up for about three holes and it was playing tough all of the sudden."
LPGA: South Korea's Inbee Park shot 5-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead after the third round of the inaugural Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in Waterloo, Ontario. The 2008 U.S. Women's Open champion was at 14-under 199 at Grey Silo. Tampa's Kristy McPherson shot 68 to move into a tie for 35th at 3-under 210.
CHAMPIONS: Bob Tway shot 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Mark Calcavecchia after the second round of the Montreal Championship in Sainte-Julie, Quebec. Tway was at 9-under 135 on Vallee du Richelieu Golf Club's Vercheres Course.
FLORIDA AMATEUR: Lutz's Joe Alfieri and Panama City's Chase Seiffert were tied for the lead heading into today's final round of the 95th Florida State Amateur Championship in Jupiter. The two are at 2-under 214. Tequesta's Brant Peaper was third, two shots back.