Date: June 23, 2013
Author: Omnisport

O’Hern in mix for Connecticut title

Western Australia&aposs Nick O&aposHern is one shot from the lead after three rounds of the Travelers Championship in Connecticut. O&aposHern is tied for fourth on nine-under overall, after carding a two-under 68 at TPC River Highlands to leave himself well in the mix for a maiden PGA Tour title. The 41-year-old has not won silverware of any kind since his Australian PGA Championship triumph in 2006. Tied for the lead in Cromwell are Americans Bubba Watson and Charley Hoffman, alongside Canada&aposs Graham DeLaet on 10 under. Watson led by as many as three strokes on Saturday (local time), but failed to capitalise as he dropped back to the pack. O&aposHern is joined at nine under by American Chris Stroud, while another local Ken Duke is outright sixth on eight under. Rounding out the top 10 are a big group tied for seventh – including US Open champion Justin Rose. Rose shot a two-under 68 to be three shots off the pace, and he is level with six Americans, including Nicholas Thompson, Jim Herman, JJ Henry, Hunter Mahan, Tommy Gainey and Richard H Lee. Marc Leishman is the next best Australian after O&aposHern, tied for 14th after his two-under 68 took him to within four strokes of the leaders. Stuart Appleby is a further stroke back, despite carding his third consecutive under-par round when he signed off on a 69 to be tied for 19th. Englishman Ian Poulter is four under overall, as he admirably continued his recovery from a poor open round to be four under with 18 holes to play – level with major winners Keegan Bradley and Webb Simpson.