Date: June 24, 2012
Author: Omnisport

Appleby closes on Travelers lead

Australia&aposs Stuart Appleby is just two shots from the lead heading into the final round of the Travelers Championship. Appleby is tied for third after he registered four birdies in his three-under par round of 67 to trail England&aposs Brian Davis and American Roland Thatcher in the lead. Davis birdied six of his first nine holes to card a six-under 64, while Thatcher registered a 65 in Connecticut to surge up the leaderboard. Appleby shares third with Americans James Driscoll (66) and John Rollins (65), while defending champion Fredrik Jacobson is among a group of players a further shot adrift. Australians Aaron Baddeley (69), Nathan Green (70) and Marc Leishman (70) are all tied for 20th spot, Greg Chalmers (69) is equal for 28th, while Gavin Coles (70) sits further back in 57th. In Japan, Australia&aposs Brad Kennedy carded a final-round six-under 66 to win the Gateway to the Open Mizuno Open tournament. The 38-year-old held on to his overnight lead to claim his maiden Japan Golf Tour victory on Sunday. Kennedy started his final round with two consecutive birdies and managed another couple on the front nine. The Sydney-born golfer added another three birdies on the way home and, although he dropped a shot on the 12th hole, Kennedy held on for victory in relatively comfortable fashion. Kennedy finished on 17 under, three strokes ahead of Japanese pair Toshinori Muto and Toru Taniguchi. Meanwhile, Danny Willett will take a one-shot lead into the final round of the BMW International Open after managing a three-under 69 on Saturday. The Englishman, who has been in the hunt since his 65 in the opening round, moved into 12-under after his third round at the Golf Club Gut Laerchenhof in Cologne. Willett leads countryman Chris Wood (70) and Swedish overnight leader Joel Sjoholm (72). South African Keith Horne (67) and Australian Marcus Fraser (68) both moved back into contention after poor second rounds, sitting in a tie for fourth at 10-under. Finally, Korea&aposs Lee In-woo has carded a four-under 68 to hold off compatriot Lee Sang-hee and win the inaugural Volvik Hildesheim Open. In-woo, who was one of six players tied for the lead after the third round, won the Korea-based event with an overall score of 12 under.