CROMWELL—Travelers Championship leader Justin Rose, a loyal follower of his country's World Cup soccer fortunes, says he'll try to be restrained today when England plays Germany.
— Justin Rose, a loyal follower of his country's World Cup soccer fortunes, says he'll try to be restrained today when England plays Germany.
It won't be easy.
"I think I'll make a decision not to watch it with my caddie [Mark Fulcher] because it would be way too emotional," said Rose, after shooting a 68 Saturday to lead the Travelers Championship by three shots. "We probably would be both burned out going to the tee [1:50 p.m.], so I'm going to try and watch that game and conserve as much energy watching as possible because I know it's going to be a thriller."
The television in the locker room at TPC River Highlands will show the game that starts at 10 this morning.
"The goal at the start of the week was to play well enough to watch the football game," said Rose, who is in the last pairing. "So mission accomplished."
Kenny Perry wanted to have another cut, so he "wouldn't have to play [today]." The defending tournament champion is tied for 69th place after his 73. "I played awful," he said. "I don't have it."
Perry said a painful right hip may be contributing to his "hooks."
"I've got a hip that's killing me," he said. "I don't know what the deal with that is. Old age [he turns 50 August 10]? I haven't had any problems until this week."
This followed having his "best ball-striking week of the year" at the U.S. Open, where he tied for 33rd.
"I was looking forward to this tournament," Perry said.
But so far it has been forgettable.
On the 16th hole, which he birdied, he joked with caddie Steve Kirsche: "I'm going from first to last and the only change was my caddie."
Perry has resided at the Wethersfield home of Steve and Martha Kirsche for 22 years. Steve is the substitute caddie in place of Perry's son, Justin, who is attending a friend's wedding. "[Kirsche] has done a great job," Perry said. "I wish I could blame him. It's not him."
Looking For A Double
The last player from Britain to win consecutive PGA Tour starts was Sandy Lyle from Scotland, who, in 1988, won the Kmart Greater Greensboro Open in a playoff over Danbury's Ken Green and then won The Masters by one stroke. Rose, the Memorial winner in his last start, goes for No. 2 today. … The last player to win consecutive starts was Ernie Els in the WGC-CA Championship and the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
D.J. Gregory was one happy man following J.J. Henry (64). He had an added interest in each of Henry's seven birdies.
"For every birdie and eagle J.J. and Bo Van Pelt make this week they donate some amount to my foundation Walking With Friends [walkingforkids.org]," Gregory said.
Gregory has cerebral palsy, but it hasn't stopped him from walking on tour this year. He doesn't view it as disability, though he's a little unsteady on his feet. Saturday he used a cane for balance.
Henry has 12 birdies and Van Pelt (70—206) 11 through three rounds.
Each week Gregory walks with a different pro or two. "This all raises money for different charities across the country," he said, " to help kids chase their own hopes and dreams."
Retief Goosen missed three tournaments with a broken right ring finger, but he's getting his swing back. "If I hit a lot of balls, it gets sore," said Goosen (64—211), who is tied for 11th with Kevin Sutherland. "So I have to pace myself — and I have to stay out of bad situations so I don't have to hack my way out of the rough." … Jason Bohn, Will McKenzie, John Merrick and Chris Stroud had trouble with the par-4 15th. Each drove right into the woods and brush in front of a house. They weren't the only ones with problems — eight others hit into the water on the left for a bogey or higher. … Aaron Baddeley made a 45-foot, 9-inch birdie putt on the 17th, the longest of the day. It came after he missed a 45-foot, 7-inch birdie putt on the first by 3 inches.
Chad Campbell followed his hole-in-one Thursday with an eagle in round 3. He holed a 114-yard wedge at the par-4 ninth. "I saw it go straight in," he said. He shot 65 (202). … Tim Petrovic (66) is with Henry and nine others in 13th place at 202. Jay Williamson (72—206) in a tie for 48th struggled after a 65 Friday. Jerry Kelly, who played with Perry, was at 210 after a 73. … The seven rows of bleachers at the practice range were almost filled and the fans behind the nearby ropes were three deep. They all wanted to see Irishman Padraig Harrington (69—204) hit before his morning tee time.
Courant staff writers Dom Amore and Zac Boyer contributed to this notebook.