close
Friday July 19, 2024

Young fires 59 but Korea’s Kim leads US PGA Travelers Championship

By AFP
June 24, 2024
Cameron Young of the United States plays his shot from the 17th tee during the third round of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. — AFP
Cameron Young of the United States plays his shot from the 17th tee during the third round of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. — AFP

NEW YORK: Cameron Young became the 12th player in US PGA Tour history to break 60 for a round on Saturday, but his 11-under 59 still left him chasing Travelers Championship leader Tom Kim.

Young had walked off the course with a share of the lead early in the third round at 13-under 197 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. But South Korea´s Kim, who took a two-shot lead into the round, shook off a near three-hour rain delay to card a second straight 65, his 18-under total of 192 putting him one stroke in front of world number one Scottie Scheffler and Akshay Bhatia, who both carded 64s. Kim shook off an early three-putt bogey, coming up with six birdies on the rain-softened course and salvaging par from a fairway bunker at 18 as darkness fell to keep his nose in front. Scheffler, who won his second Masters title in April had two bogeys after the weather delay, but closed with four straight birdies to put himself in the hunt.

“I was pretty frustrated after that bogey on 14,” Scheffler said. “Felt like I was putting myself out of the tournament. “So it was nice to bounce back and finish it the way I did.” Bhatia a two-time PGA tour winner, rolled in a 26-foot birdie putt at 18 for his share of second. Xander Schauffele carded a 63 to share fourth on 194 with South Korean Im Sung-jae. Collin Morikawa was a further stroke back on 195 and another three players were tied on 196.