Berger relishing lead after serving up tasty 62 in Travelers

Sat Aug 6, 2016 4:45pm EDT
 
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(Reuters) - American Daniel Berger moved within sight of his second victory in two months when he opened a three-shot lead after the third round of the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut on Saturday.

Berger, last season's rookie of the year on the PGA Tour, picked up nine birdies to surge clear with an eight-under-par 62 at the TPC River Highlands.

The 23-year-old posted a 15-under 195 total, three ahead of Scotland's Russell Knox (64), South African Tyrone Van Aswegen (65) and American Russell Henley (65).

Low scores were plentiful on a day when Ernie Els made his first ace on the PGA Tour since 2004, using a seven-iron from 171 yards at the 16th.

"I made a bunch of putts and that's what it takes to shoot a low number out here," world number 40 Berger told PGATour.com.

"It didn't really feel like I was that many under par until I looked at my scorecard walking down the 18th hole but sometimes it happens like that.

"I'm striking it really well, driving it well and that's going to be a big key tomorrow."

Berger, who won the St Jude Classic in June, was not the only player to go low.

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Jun 16, 2016; Oakmont, PA, USA; Daniel Berger hits his tee shot on the 4th hole during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Oakmont Country Club. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports