Bryson DeChambeau believes he can carry strong momentum into the majors this year after winning the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

DeChambeau secured a three-stroke victory at the Detroit Golf Club in Michigan on Sunday to continue his good run of form.

The American had six top-10 results heading into the Rocket Mortgage Classic and appears set to contend with three majors to be held before the year's end.

DeChambeau said he was gaining confidence and it would give him momentum ahead of the majors, where he is without a top-10 finish in his career.

"The most important thing is that I played on a golf course that required unbelievable wedging and that's not one of the strong suits of my game, and I was able to win and win by a few, so that's really positive," he said.

"It means my wedge play isn't up to the best in the world, but it's definitely good enough to still compete on Tour. My driving's still good enough to compete on Tour.

"It's really exciting to be able to get the job done here and it's a lot of momentum for the majors. I feel like it's a good test run for me hitting drives in some tight areas. Number seven wasn't easy this week and I hit great drives there all week. I've been hitting a great job at 18 when I had to, absolutely had to. If I hit it in the water or a little left or a little right, I'm struggling to make par, but I was able to give myself a little wedge shot in there.

"It gives me a lot of confidence going forward that I'm heading in the right direction with my driving and my game."

DeChambeau carded a seven-under 65 in the final round on his way to a sixth PGA Tour victory.

The 26-year-old said he was happy with the way he played as he carded the best round on Sunday.

"It's funny, I was kind of in my own world the whole day, I never really thought much about anything outside of me," DeChambeau said.

"Man, I was just focusing on my game, trying to execute every shot to the best of my ability and I did that for quite most of the day."

Bryson DeChambeau eclipsed Matthew Wolff to win the Rocket Mortgage Classic by three strokes and claim his sixth PGA Tour title.

Wolff was the player to beat in Sunday's final round, teeing off with a commanding three-shot lead at Detroit Golf Club in Michigan.

However, Wolff faltered and shot a 71 as fellow American DeChambeau rose to the top with a seven-under-par 65 to mark his fourth successive season with a victory.

DeChambeau was almost flawless on day four, holing eight birdies and just one bogey – finishing with an exclamation point after birdieing the last three holes to end on 23 under.

The 26-year-old, who had top-10 finishes in his past six starts heading into the tournament, signed off for four successive rounds in the 60s.

Wolff walked away with the runners-up cheque after mixing five bogeys and six birdies, two strokes ahead of countryman Kevin Kisner (66).

Danny Willett (66) – the 2016 Masters champion, Adam Hadwin (67), Tyrell Hatton (68) and Ryan Armour (72) finished tied for fourth, seven shots behind DeChambeau.

Meanwhile, American star Rickie Fowler climbed 28 places into a tie for 12th on 14 under thanks to his final-round 67.

Matthew Wolff carded a second successive eight-under-par 64 to move to the top of the leaderboard after the third round at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. 

Wolff surged to a three-stroke lead through 54 holes thanks to another low round at Detroit Golf Club in Michigan on Saturday. 

The 21-year-old is eyeing his second PGA Tour title after winning last year's 3M Open and the American is on track to add the Rocket Mortgage Classic trophy to his collection. 

A shot off the pace at the start of day three, Wolff posted six birdies and two bogeys on the front nine to make the turn in 32. 

After another bogey at the 10th, Wolff caught fire with two birdies and an eagle before another gain at the 17th moved him to 19 under overall – ahead of countrymen Ryan Armour (67) and Bryson DeChambeau (67). 

Troy Merritt (67), Mark Hubbard (69), Seamus Power and Chris Kirk (70) are five strokes behind Wolff heading into the final round. 

Kirk shared a one-shot lead with 2012 U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson following Friday's second round, but the former saw his advantage evaporate. 

Simpson is one stroke further back in a tie for eighth after signing for a one-under-par 71 – his first round in the 70s this week. 

Meanwhile, American star Rickie Fowler ended the day 10 strokes off the pace after shooting a third-round 69.

Webb Simpson believes he could be in career-best form after taking a share of the lead at the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

The American, who already has two wins this year, shares a one-stroke lead with Chris Kirk at the halfway mark of the PGA Tour event.

Alongside his victories at the Phoenix Open and RBC Heritage, Simpson – the 2012 U.S. Open champion – also finished third at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

Simpson believes he may be in the best form of his life, telling the Golf Channel: "I've been trying to become more well-rounded through the bag and I'm seeing results, having fun out there.

"Having Paul [Tesori, caddie] out there is great, we're not only having fun but we're really kind of in the same mindset, trying to get better both of us.

"We don't pause and stop and think and look around and see where we are enough I don't think, but I'm really happy to be playing well and have chances this weekend."

Simpson carded a bogey-free eight-under 64 in the second round to get to 12 under.

However, the 34-year-old sees room for improvement after managing to birdie just one of four par-fives.

"Normally par-fives are where I go get some birdies and these par-fives are gettable here," Simpson said.

"I didn't hit great shots into 14 or 17 after good drives so those are kind of a bummer to not get at least one of them.

"But at the same time I think it shows that I am making birdies, I'm capitalising on the par-fours and hopefully I can kind of turn that par-five performance around this weekend."

Webb Simpson continued his good form to grab a share of the lead at the halfway mark of the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

The American carded an under-eight 64 in the second round at Detroit Golf Club in Michigan on Friday to climb into 12 under at the PGA Tour event.

Simpson already has two wins in 2020 – including at the RBC Heritage in his last start – and shares a one-stroke lead with Chris Kirk (65).

The 2012 U.S. Open champion, Simpson produced a bogey-free second round that included eight birdies.

Kirk was on track to do likewise before a bogey at the par-four 18th.

It remains a packed leaderboard, with Seamus Power (66), Matthew Wolff (64), Bryson DeChambeau (67), Mark Hubbard (66), Ryan Armour (64) and Richy Werenski (66) a shot back.

The in-form DeChambeau has top-10 finishes in his past six starts and backed up his 66 with a 67.

Kevin Kisner (69) and Sepp Straka (66) are in a tie for ninth at 10 under.

Last year's runner-up, Doc Redman, shared the overnight lead but fell back into a tie for 11th after a two-under 70.

Despite a promising start, Rickie Fowler slipped down the leaderboard after a 71, now sitting at six under.

Jason Day's struggles since the PGA Tour resumed amid the coronavirus pandemic continued, with the Australian missing the cut for the third time in four events.

Doc Redman made a fine start to the Rocket Mortgage Classic, carding a seven-under 65 to be in a three-way tie for the lead on Thursday.

Redman, runner-up at the PGA Tour event last year, holed eight birdies and a bogey during a strong opening round at Detroit Golf Club in Michigan.

The American, 22, shares the lead with Scott Stallings and Kevin Kisner, the latter having produced a bogey-free first round.

Bryson DeChambeau is among a group of seven players a shot back of the leading trio.

DeChambeau has finished in the top 10 in his past six starts and opened with a 66 that included an eagle at the par-five 14th.

Peter Malnati, Emiliano Grillo, Chase Seiffert, J.J. Spaun, Matt Wallace and Chris Stroud are alongside DeChambeau at six under.

Coming off two missed cuts since the PGA Tour season resumed amid the coronavirus pandemic, Rickie Fowler made a solid start.

Fowler fired a five-under 67, mixing seven birdies with a double bogey, to be part of a 14-way tie for 11th.

Defending champion Nate Lashley, who won by six strokes last year, opened with a one-under 71.

Dustin Johnson was proud to continue his winning record on the PGA Tour with his Travelers Championship victory.

Johnson secured his 21st PGA Tour win with a one-stroke victory on Sunday, the former world number one extending his streak to 13 consecutive seasons with at least one title.

Only Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer (17), Billy Casper (16) and Lee Trevino and Tiger Woods (14) have had longer streaks.

Johnson, the 2016 U.S. Open champion, said he was happy to be alongside the all-time greats.

"Any time you're mentioned with those guys, with Tiger, Jack, I think Arnie, you've got to feel good about that because they're the best that's ever played this game," the American told a news conference.

"Any time your name is mentioned in the same sentence with them, I'm very happy."

Johnson said he was proud of his consistency on the PGA Tour, although his U.S. Open success remains a highlight.

"I'm proud of all of them, obviously. But I mean, winning the U.S. Open at Oakmont is my biggest win for sure," he said.

"But winning 13 years straight on the Tour is a pretty big accomplishment. You know, they're pretty close with what I'm most proud of."

Dylan Frittelli has been withdrawn from the upcoming Rocket Mortgage Classic after contracting coronavirus, the PGA Tour announced.

Frittelli, who missed the cut at the Travelers Championship, tested positive for COVID-19 in Cromwell, Connecticut on Sunday.

The 30-year-old South African golfer will now miss the Rocket Mortgage Classic, which gets underway in Detroit on Thursday.

"I am experiencing no issues and feel great physically and was surprised and disappointed to learn of the positive test today," said Frittelli.

"I'm thankful for the WHOOP strap notification of a minor increase [0.3] in my respiratory rate overnight. However, I'm most thankful for the Tour's assistance, procedures and protocols, which I will continue to follow during my self-isolation, so as to keep everyone safe.

"I look forward to getting back on Tour once it's safe to do so."

Frittelli's case comes after Denny McCarthy, fellow player Cameron Champ and caddies Ken Comboy and Ricky Elliott tested positive during the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands.

Dustin Johnson claimed his 21st PGA Tour victory with a one-stroke win at the Travelers Championship on Sunday.

The 2016 U.S. Open champion carded a three-under 67 in the final round at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut.

Johnson finished at 19 under, a shot clear of Kevin Streelman (67) and two ahead of Will Gordon (64) and Mackenzie Hughes (67).

The American has at least one win in 13 consecutive seasons, with his 21st PGA Tour victory also his first since February last year.

Johnson had to endure an hour-long delay late in the final round due to inclement weather, but he was still able to close out his victory.

"I putted it very nicely this week. Yesterday I did everything really well, today I still felt like I was hitting the ball really well, I just wasn't driving it on the fairway," he told CBS after a final round that featured six birdies and three bogeys.

"Around here the only way to be aggressive and attack these flags is be in the fairway and I didn't hit it on the fairway enough but I figured out a way to get it done."

Streelman, the 2014 champion, produced a bogey-free final round that featured three birdies.

Kevin Na (67) finished outright fifth at 16 under, a shot ahead of Ryan Armour (64), Brendan Steele (66), Patton Kizzire (67), Scott Stallings (67) and Bryson DeChambeau (68).

World number one Rory McIlroy climbed into a tie for 11th thanks to a three-under 67.

Rory McIlroy believes his form has been "a little erratic" after shooting a one-under 69 at the Travelers Championship on Saturday.

The world number one has endured some mixed form since the PGA Tour resumed amid the coronavirus pandemic earlier this month.

McIlroy is back in a tie for 18th in Connecticut, and on track to fire four rounds in the 60s at the same tournament for the first time since returning from the coronavirus-enforced break.

But after mixing five birdies with four bogeys in the third round, McIlroy accepted his form was inconsistent.

"It's a little erratic. The good stuff is in there, but obviously there's a bit of bad, too," the Northern Irishman told a news conference.

"I'm sort of just putting it down to having those few months off and not really sort of finding my rhythm yet.

"Hopefully post a low one tomorrow and have a week off before going up to Columbus for a couple weeks."

Brendon Todd and Dustin Johnson carded nine-under 61s on Saturday, with the former holding a two-stroke lead atop the leaderboard.

McIlroy said that gave him hope he could produce a strong finish to the PGA Tour event.

"If you go out there and play well, you can shoot something like Brendon or DJ shot today," he said.

"It would be a nice way to finish the week, shoot a low one and have a week off to maybe work on a couple things and get back at it."

Brendon Todd and Dustin Johnson carded career-low PGA Tour scores as the former moved into a two-shot lead from the latter on a moving day that lived up to its billing at the Travelers Championship.

Tee times were brought forward for round three due to the threat of inclement weather in Cromwell, Connecticut, and Todd – chasing a third PGA Tour victory of the season – signed for a stunning nine-under-par 61.

Todd, who now leads at 18 under par, drained a tough 13-footer at the first and recorded four more birdies prior to the turn on Saturday.

A further four gains followed on the back nine and Todd rolled a birdie putt just past the cup on the 18th that would have seen him start the final round three clear.

"Whenever I get a two or three-week stretch in a row, I tend to be playing better by the end of it," Todd said in quotes reported by the Tour's official website. 

"That's just something I'm using to my advantage now after missing two cuts. I'm peaking in the third week and hopefully I can get it done tomorrow."

Johnson, whose last win on the PGA Tour came in February 2019, was playing a couple of holes in front of Todd and also went bogey free.

After going out in 31 strokes, former world number one Johnson made five birdies on the way home.

The American felt he left plenty more opportunities out on the course, though, with just two of his birdies made with putts of nine feet or more.

"I really felt like I controlled the distance with my irons really well and hit tons of good shots," he said. "I had a lot of really good looks at birdie."

The 2014 champion Kevin Streelman (-15) shot a seven-under 63 to sit in outright third, with Mackenzie Hughes (-14), Bryson DeChambeau and Kevin Na (-13) all in the hunt.

There was disappointment for veteran Phil Mickelson who had led overnight, though. The American great carded a one-over 71 and is now six shots back.

Rory McIlroy also struggled to get firing and the world number one is eight shots adrift after a one-under 69. 

Phil Mickelson said that realising he cannot out-hit Rory McIlroy and Bryson DeChambeau has improved his game after taking the lead at the Travelers Championship.

Mickelson carded a seven-under-par 63 to surge a stroke clear at the halfway stage of the PGA Tour tournament on Friday.

The five-time major champion holed eight birdies and a bogey to be 13 under through 36 holes at TPC River Highlands in Connecticut.

Eyeing his 45th PGA title, Mickelson – a two-time winner of the event – said: "I made some strides in the sense that I didn't try to go toe-to-toe with two of the longest guys in the game, Bryson [DeChambeau] and Rory [McIlroy].

"I ended up hitting some three-woods on some of those holes because it fit my game better, and fortunately, I made a couple of birdies. I'm thinking about number seven as an example, where they hit driver and I hit three-wood and was still able to make birdie.

"Playing my game and the way the course set up for me was a challenge when you're playing with guys that hit it like that, but it allowed me to play some good golf."

World number one McIlroy dropped down two spots to be four shots off the pace following his second-round 68, which included four birdies and two bogeys.

Xander Schauffele (68), Brendan Steele (62), Brendon Todd (65) and Marc Leishman (65) are also nine under heading into the weekend.

"I know what it feels like to go low out here, so I'll need a couple of good ones over the weekend," McIlroy said. "But the game feels in decent shape, and obviously get out early tomorrow [Saturday] and try to get back in the mix."

Phil Mickelson is on course for his 45th PGA Tour title after surging into the lead following the second round of the Travelers Championship.

Mickelson – who celebrated his 50th birthday earlier this month – carded a seven-under-par 63 to top the leaderboard at the halfway stage of the tournament on Friday.

The five-time major champion was almost flawless at TPC River Highlands in Connecticut, where he holed eight birdies and just one bogey for the outright lead at 13 under.

After dropping his second hole of the day, Mickelson was blemish-free with birdies at the fifth, seventh and ninth before a bogey-free back nine yielded another five gains.

Mickelson – who won the tournament in 2001 and 2002 when the event was known as the Hartford Open – sits ahead of fellow American Will Gordon and Canadian Mackenzie Hughes.

Gordon dazzled with a second-round 62, while overnight leader Hughes saw his three-stroke advantage evaporate following a two-under-par 68.

On a day which saw Denny McCarthy test positive for coronavirus and playing partner Bud Cauley also withdraw as a precaution, world number one Rory McIlroy dropped down two spots.

McIlroy started the day three shots off the pace but heads into round three four strokes back following his two-under-par 68, which included four birdies and two bogeys.

Xander Schauffele (68), Brendan Steele (62), Brendon Todd (65) and Marc Leishman (65) are also nine under through 36 holes.

Former world number one Dustin Johnson posted a 64 to be six shots behind Mickelson, while Jordan Spieth (69) plummeted into a tie for 53rd.

Meanwhile, Justin Thomas (71), Justin Rose (73) and Bubba Watson (68) all missed the cut.

The Travelers Championship has been hit by another coronavirus case after Denny McCarthy tested positive.

McCarthy, who shot an opening 67, is the fourth person to test positive at the event, following fellow player Cameron Champ and caddies Ken Comboy and Ricky Elliott.

The American revealed he had felt symptoms after Thursday's round and one of his playing partners, Bud Cauley, has also withdrawn as a precaution despite testing negative.

Matt Wallace, who also played alongside McCarthy, and all three players' caddies returned negative tests.

"I was feeling pretty tired and sore after the round yesterday but didn't think much of it because I had practiced a lot Monday to Wednesday," said McCarthy on Friday.

"Last night, I woke up in the middle of the night with additional aches and soreness and sensed something was off.

"I felt like the only thing to do was get tested at that point before I went to the course."

Cauley explained his decision to pull out was down to "an abundance of caution". He had carded a 69 on Thursday.

"I'm very thankful I have tested negative but have decided to withdraw out of an abundance of caution for my peers and everyone involved with the tournament," said Cauley. 

Nick Watney was the first PGA Tour member found to have coronavirus since action resumed, the American testing positive at last week's RBC Heritage.

Rory McIlroy labelled suggestions the Travelers Championship be called off amid positive coronavirus tests as "silly".

Brooks Koepka withdrew from the PGA Tour event after his caddie, Ricky Elliott, was one of three people to test positive for COVID-19 ahead of the tournament.

But four-time major champion McIlroy dismissed the calls for the event to be called off, backing PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan.

"I thought Jay did a wonderful job yesterday, just relaying the information and where the PGA Tour stands and where we're going going forward," the world number one told a news conference after shooting a first-round 63.

"You hear one or two positive tests and people are panicking, and I saw a couple of calls to shut the tournament down, which is silly from my point of view.

"You know, I thought he did a really good job explaining. There's been almost 3,000 tests administered. The percentage of positive tests ... it's a quarter of a per cent.

"I think as a whole, it's been going really well. There's a couple of loose ends that we needed to tidy up, and I think we've done that. I feel like the mood and the tone of the event was probably lifted by Jay yesterday."

McIlroy's seven-under 63 saw him sit in a tie for second, three shots adrift of leader Mackenzie Hughes.

The Northern Irishman was satisfied with his round, saying: "I played well from the start. I hit two shots into our first hole, the 10th, didn't capitalise on that.

"I had a chance on 12, didn't capitalise on that. But sort of the round got going with the eagle on 13, birdie on 14, and then the tee shot into 15.

"That was a new three wood I put into play last night. I hadn't even hit it on the course. So my first shot with it was off 10, and then second shot was the one on 15. It's worked out pretty well. Nice little change."

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