Third round pushed up with expected inclement weather at Travelers Championship

Expected inclement weather can make for an earlier start Saturday at the Travelers Championship.

Tournament officials have bumped up third-round play at TPC River Highlands, where threesomes will set off split tees between 7-9 a.m. ET.

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Thunderstorms are expected throughout the afternoon outside Hartford, Connecticut.

Overnight leader Phil Mickelson will set off in the ultimate group with Will Gordon and Mackenzie Hughes, with Rory McIlory, Brendan Steele and Xander Schauffele in the group ahead.

In his 624th career start, now at age 50, Phil Mickelson takes the lead going into the weekend at the Travelers Championship.

Making his begin since turning 50 years of age last week, Mickelson, who opened with rounds of 64-63, is hunting his 45th PGA Tour victory.