Appleby in touch at Travelers

Victorian Stuart Appleby closed out a marathon Saturday to sit just two shots adrift of co-leaders Brian Davis and Roland Thatcher, heading into the final round of the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut.

Following Friday’s weather delay, many players had to endure close to 36 holes of golf on Saturday to complete their second and third rounds.

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However, nine-time PGA Tour winner Appleby had the benefit of playing only 18 holes and took advantage by shooting a three under par 67 for a three round total of 10 under par.

“My game has turned around. I missed the cut in Memphis although I played pretty well, I drove the ball long and straight there which was encouraging,” Appleby said following the round.

Appleby’s best finish in 2012 has been a tie for 21st in the Honda Classic in March and with eight missed cuts in thirteen starts prior to this week, he languishes at 181st on the Money List.

“I haven’t putted worth a lick this year but this week, I have. I’ve really got my mind turned around, it’s taken a lot of hard work and too much bad, crappy golf to get to this stage.”

“Tomorrow, I’ll just go out and take one shot at a time and see if I can rustle up some birdies and get to the top of the leaderboard.”

“It’s just so nice to be playing on a weekend and I’d love to get back into that rhythm.”

Compatriots Nathan Green and Mark Leishman were well positioned heading into Saturday but fell back to a tie for 20th, in a group that also includes Aaron Baddeley.

Australian Open and PGA champion Greg Chalmers is a shot further back at 5 under.