Casey leads Travelers by 4 after sizzling 62

Paul Casey won the Valspar Championship in March for his first victory on the PGA Tour since the 2009 Shell Houston Open, and now he’s looking for more.

The 40-year old Englishman sank a 23-foot eagle putt on the 15th hole and capped a flawless round of 8-under-par 62 with a virtual tap-in birdie to take a four-stroke lead over Russell Henley heading to the final round of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn.

“It’s nice to have an uphill 2½-footer for a closing birdie,” said Casey, whose alignment was off so he had a session on the practice range after round two with his instructor, CBS Golf analyst Peter Kostis.

“I was standing too far from the ball, so he got me a little closer. Whatever he told me worked. It was a stress-free round because everything was working. It’s a pleasure to play at TPC River Highlands and it was just a great day.”

Casey, who collected six birdies while tying the low score of his career set in the 2015 Sony Open in Hawaii, recorded a 54-hole score of 16-under 194.

Henley posted a bogey-free 67, while 36-hold leader Brian Harman saved his round of 69 with three straight birdies on the back nine and is five shots back in a tie for third with J.B. Holmes, who holed out from 143 yards for an eagle on the 14th hole in a 65, and Anirban Lahiri of India, who had a tap-in eagle at No. 13 in another 65.

Ninth-ranked Jason Day of Australia totaled 66 and is another stroke back in a tie for sixth with Beau Hossler (68) of Rancho Santa Margarita, two-time Travelers Championship winner Bubba Watson (67), Bryson DeChambeau (68) of Clovis) and Ryan Blaum (66).

Seventh-ranked Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland of Northern Ireland is tied for 15th after a 69, second-ranked Justin Thomas shot 70 and is tied for 32nd, fourth-ranked Brooks Koepka, coming off his second straight victory in the U.S. Open, totaled 69 and is tied for 38th, and fifth-ranked Jordan Spieth, the defending Travelers champion, is tied for 46th after a 71.

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