Travelers Championship: Brendon Todd and Dustin Johnson shoot the best 61s of their career

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Brendon Todd has in his three rounds -18 drop just one shot B Todd (USA), -16 D Johnson (USA), -15 K Streelman, – 14 M Hughes (Can) Selected Others: -13 B DeChambeau (USA); -12 P Mickelson (USA); -10 R McIlroy (NI); -8 P Casey (Eng); -6 S Garcia (Sp); -3 L Donald (Eng); -1 S Lowry (Ire), I Poulter (Eng)

Brendon Todd shot a career-best nine-under-par 61 to open a two-shot lead after the third round of the PGA Tour Travelers Championship in Connecticut.

The 34-year-old chased his third victory of the 2019-20 season and recorded nine birdies in a bogey-free round.

He leads former number one Dustin Johnson, who also shot 61 for the lowest round of his career.

World number one Rory McIlroy is at 10 below, eight shots behind Todd, after two bogeys in his last four holes.

McIlroy had a frustrating day and shot on the 15th and 18th to finish with an underpowered 69.

Halfway leader Phil Mickelson also had a difficult day with a 71 that left him at 12, six from the lead.

Todd had started four strokes behind Mickelson after opening the rounds of 66 and 65, but reached the rankings with a flurry of five birdies over the first nine.

Four more birdies over the back nine left him after three laps on 18,

"I'm just riding the confidence that I had fall when I played well, "said Todd, who won back-to-back tournaments last November.

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