August 6, 2016 / 8:47 PM / in a year

Berger relishing lead after serving up tasty 62 in Travelers

(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.

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

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.

SIMPLE ATTITUDE

Knox adopted a simple attitude and it paid off with birdies at the first three holes.

“Aim at the pin, you might hit it there,” said the Scottish winner of the WGC-HSBC Champions event in Shanghai in November.

“I played beautifully. I had loads of chances, obviously made some, which was great, missed a couple.”

Van Aswegen hit back well after dropping a stroke at the first.

“I started off real nervous,” he said. “I wasn’t feeling too good after that bogey but settled down, found a good rhythm and made some birdies coming in. Hopefully tomorrow I can find a rhythm a little earlier.”

Fellow South African Els ended the day tied for 60th but the hole-in-one was a nice consolation for the four-times major winner.

”You hit a lot of good shots but rarely do they go in,“ he said. ”It was a real thrill.

”All of us, from the 24-handicapper to the pro, it’s a great feeling, a feeling of elation.

“I think everybody feels the same way. When the ball goes in we’re all kind of surprised.”

Reporting by Andrew Both; Editing by Tony Jimenez

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