Brian Harman birdied the 18th hole for his second consecutive 5-under 65 and a one-stroke lead (196) over Bubba Watson and Canadian Graham DeLaet (Boise State) on Saturday in the Travelers Championship.
DeLaet, playing on wife Ruby’s birthday, had five birdies and grabbed a share of the lead with an eagle on the 15th, putting his drive within 6 feet of the pin. He had a chance to move to 14-under, but left an 18-foot birdie putt on the 18th just short.
DeLaet was in a three-way tie for first place with Watson entering the final round two years ago before finishing third. He has never won on the PGA Tour, and had back surgery for a pinched nerve in 2011, a problem that he says still bothers him. “The last couple months I’ve been moving really well and feeling a lot better,” He said. “My golf game is coming around too, which is nice.”
He and his wife are expecting their first children, twins, in December.