Reavie roars six clear

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Chez Reavie trailed by four during R3 of the Travelers Championship but came home in 28 to establish a six-shot lead going into Sunday's closer. (Getty Images)
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Recap of the day

Early starters: Bryson DeChambeau made the big move out of the pack, launching himself over 50 spots up the leaderboard and into the top six after a bogey-free 6-under 64 set the clubhouse target of 8-under 202. Kevin Tway hit 6-under for the day and 10-under overall after eagle-3 at 15 but signed off with two bogeys for a 66, finishing alongside DeChambeau. There were also notable 65s from Patrick Cantlay and Andrew Landry which lifted them from 2-under to 7-under.

Late starters: With the wind picking him, TPC River Highlands got a whole lot harder. Although not for Chez Reavie, who shot the lowest ever back-nine score at the par 70 (28) to complete a stunning 63 and shoot six shots clear of the field with 16-under 194. Keegan Bradley (69) and halfway leader Zack Sucher (71) are his nearest challengers while Jason Day and Robert Diaz are a further stroke back. Overnight leader Sucher birdied four of his first eight holes to move four clear at one point but, hurt by some bad breaks, came home in 40.

Leaderboard: -16 Chez Reavie, -10 Keegan Bradley, Zack Sucher, -9 Roberto Diaz, Jason Day, -8 Bryson DeChambeau, Kevin Tway, Tommy Fleetwood, Martin Laird.

Notables: -7 Patrick Cantlay, -6 Patrick Reed, Paul Casey, Ryan Moore, -5 Kevin Kisner, -4 Justin Thomas, Marc Leishman, -2 Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson, Louis Oosthuizen, -1 Francesco Molinari, Brooks Koepka.

Low round of the day: Chez Reavie (63)

Revised outright betting: 2/7 Reavie, 10/1 Day, 12/1 Bradley, 25/1 Fleetwood, 33/1 DeChambeau, Cantlay, 40/1 Sucher, 50/1 Diaz.

Sunday weather forecast

After a mixed week of weather, Sunday looks straightforward with temps in the early 80s and winds around 6-9mph. Potential for low rounds (see Focus On below).

Leaders after at 36 holes

Chez Reavie (63, 194) – Six back at one point on day three, Reavie birdied eight of his final 11 holes while Sucher wobbled and, wouldn't you know it, ended the day with a huge six-shot lead. Has made 18 birdies this week and just two bogeys. Ranks 1st SG: Tee-To-Green and 5th SG: Putting. A final stat: Reavie is 47/49 inside of ten feet this week

Zack Sucher (71, 200) – A horror show after the turn as he dropped five shots in three holes but a 71 when holding your first 36-hole lead at this level was okay. Reavie's 63 made it look average though. Still having a great week and the pressure is off him a little now.

Keegan Bradley (69, 200) – A third round in the 60s although it's a little hard to fathom how he ranks 42nd in birdies and yet sits in a tie for second. As in R1, gained over 3.2 strokes with the putter. Hit just ten greens.

Fate of the favorites

Brooks Koepka (72, 209) – He's done nothing this week to shake off the idea that you hire him for majors but fire him for regular events like this. Four bogeys and a double and hit just 11 GIR for the third day running.

Patrick Cantlay (65, 203) – A nice move today. Just one bogey and birdied six of his first 13 holes. If Reavie falters, Cantlay is still in this. Gained over four strokes Tee-To-Green.

Justin Thomas (70, 206) – Four birdies but negated by four bogeys, including two in his last three. Still outside the top 30 but is 2nd for SG: Tee-To-Green. Negative SG: Putting figures for the third straight round.

Quotes

Chez Reavie (63) - "Tomorrow I'll be nervous, just as I was nervous today and nervous last week. I think I've been in the heat a lot more the last few years, so I kind of know how to deal with my nerves a little bit better. Going to come out and stick to the game plan I've had all week. Hit as many fairways as I can and get good numbers, and get scorable clubs in my hands and try and make birdies. If I go out and shoot 5 or 6-under tomorrow, if someone catches me they're going to play a hell of a round. That's my goal. Go shoot 5 or 6-under par tomorrow."

Jason Day (68) - "I got to go out and just try and play my game. Honestly, I've struck it the best I've ever struck it this week and hit a lot greens, and looking forward to it. See how it goes. I just try and stick to what I'm doing right now and hopefully the chips fall my way."

Bryson DeChambeau (64) - “Just been working a lot on my game with a bunch of different facets. I've changed the putter, changed shafts in the irons. I've changed driver shafts, driver heads, 3-wood heads. I've changed literally almost everything in my game coming from last year. People would call my crazy, but that's just the way I am. I want to get better in every facet. To me I've only played well in dry conditions. I know I've said that before. Trying to figure out how to play better in wet conditions is a difficulty of mine."

Patrick Cantlay (65) - "I came out firing. Hit a lot of good shots. Rolled a couple medium-length putts in, and then I kind of stalled in the middle. Made a bogey on 10. Kind of got a bad break. Birdied 12 and 13, and then couldn't get any on the way in. It was close, really close to what I wanted. Obviously I'm going to need a really low one tomorrow, but that's the plan: come out firing again tomorrow."

Kevin Tway (66) - "Had it good through 13 holes. Finish is pretty tough and I hit a couple loose shots as well. Kind of sucks to finish bogey-bogey, but last holes are definitely tough. This course kind of fits my eye so I love coming back here. Just if I hit the ball in the fairway I got a lot of wedges, so try to capitalize on those."

Bubba Watson (73) - "Today I actually felt better. I felt better energy-wise, I felt better mindset. I wasn't tentative on any shot. Score wasn't there. Score doesn't show how I played or how I felt I played. Yesterday I didn't feel that good and I shoot under par (66). Today I shoot over par and feel a lot better. Just one of those things. It's golf. I've played bad a lot in my career, so probably do it again."

Brooks Koepka (72) - "Oh, it's just not there. I'm dead, I'm fried. I don't know. My body is starting to ache, too. It's a combo. It's hard to focus. I'm just pretty... I don't think I'm over the PGA. And then to exert all your energy there (runner-up Pebble Beach) last week, just fried. I mean, I've caught myself yawning on the golf course. I don't think I've ever yawned on a golf course before."

Road to victory at TPC River Highlands

2018 Bubba Watson – R1: 77nd, R2: 8th, R3: 6th

2017 Jordan Spieth – R1: 1st, R2: 1st, R3: 1st

2016 Russell Knox – R1: 9th, R2: 5th, R3: 2nd

2015 Bubba Watson – R1: 1st, R2: 1st, R3: 2nd

2014 Kevin Streelman – R1: 61st, R2: 39th, R3: 7th

Notes: In the last nine years, Bubba (twice) and Marc Leishman have come from six back after 54 holes to take the trophy so Reavie isn't home and hosed just yet. Brad Faxon was seven in arrears before winning in 2005 with a 61.

Fate of the 54-hole leaders at TPC River Highlands – where did they finish?

2018 Paul Casey 2nd

2017 Jordan Spieth 1st

2016 Daniel Berger 5th

2015 Brian Harman 3rd

2014 Ryan Moore 5th

Notes: Only one of the last ten 54-hole leaders has converted. Casey was four clear with 18 to play last year before stalling and being caught by Bubba.

Focus on – Going low at Highlands

As noted above, we've seen recent examples of 54-hole six-shot leads being overturned. Marc Leishman was actually in a tie for 20th before surging through to win with a 62. Bubba fired a 63 to triumph last year while, famously, Kevin Streelman closed with seven straight birdies to win the 2014 Travelers, beating Sergio and KJ Choi by a shot. And let's not forget Jim Furyk's record-breaking 58 here in 2016 although he was so far back that was only good enough to secure him a top five. Six-shot leads rarely get overturned but if there's one place where it could just happen, TPC River Highlands would be near the top of the list.

Focus on – Chez Reavie

Reavie has played 278 times on the PGA TOUR but this is just his second 54-hole lead. His other was way back at the 2008 RBC Canadian Open 250 starts ago when he took a fragile one-shot lead into Sunday. The outcome? He shot a 1-under 70 and won by three. It was a long time ago but Reavie will surely be tapping into that experience as he looks to get it done and finally claim his first win in 11 years. Coming off his best ever finish in a major (tied third in last week's U.S. Open at Pebble Beach) will add another layer of confidence.