Tim Wilkinson stays in hunt at PGA Tour event

MATT RICHENS
Last updated 09:53 22/06/2014
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IN CONTENTION: Kiwi golfer Tim Wilkinson is tied for seventh at the Travelers Championship in Connecticut.

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New Zealand golfer Tim Wilkinson is within striking distance of at the PGA Tour's $7.1m Travelers Championship in Connecticut, but could have been much closer.

The 35-year-old left-hander shot a third round three-under 67 today to move to nine-under for the tournament and share seventh place.

Having started the third day in 13th, Wilkinson recorded six birdies in his third round but dropped vital shots on the TPC River Highlands' 16th and 17th holes.

He's four shots behind American Ryan Moore, whose four-under 66 saw him move to 13-under par.

He has a one-shot lead over Australian Aaron Baddeley, who had a 65 today.

The Kiwi started both nines with a pair of birdies and after turning at one-under, he got hot.

His approach shots were on target and he sunk short putts on the 10th, 13th and 15th holes for birdie, while rolling in a 21-footer for another birdie on 11.

But a poor tee shot on the par-three 16th and then finding the water on 17 cost him two shots.

In 18 PGA Tour starts this year, Wilkinson has made the top 25 just three times but on two of those occasions he's finished inside the top 10.

He sits 119 in the FedEx Cup standings - the top 125 players at the end of the season retain their PGA Tour cards.

Danny Lee was also playing in the Travelers Championship but missed the cut. 

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