Justin Rose Leads Travelers at -14, Continuing European Streak on the PGA Tour

Thomas Moreland@NFLMIKEESenior Writer IJune 25, 2010

CROMWELL, CT - JUNE 24: Justin Rose of England hits a shot from the fairway during the first round of the Travelers Championship held at TPC River Highlands on June 24, 2010 in Cromwell, Connecticut.  (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)
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Justin Rose won three weeks ago at the Memorial, Lee Westwood in Memphis, Graeme McDowell at the US Open, and now Rose is running away with The Travelers Championship.

He is currently at minus 14, six shots clear of the lead.

The European contingent of the PGA Tour has risen to the top, as they continue to beat up on the Americans week to week.

If Rose continues this torrid pace, give him his check and trophy, because this one's in the refrigerator two days early.

In second place, five shots back, is Vijay Singh at nine under for two days, followed by Bill Lunde, also at minus nine for the tournament.

Matt Jones is in at minus eight, with Steve Elkington and Aron Price at minus seven.

There is a huge blockade of players at minus six and minus five, so a couple of those guys may creep further up the leaderboard.

My Yahoo! Fantasy Golf Team this week has seen some bench action, as I try to get four good scores going at once.

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Bill Haas was my starter, but was benched for Ryan Moore after Haas carded one over par today to stay at even for two rounds.

Moore is at minus two and has yet to tee off today. He should end up minus four to minus six if he can play well on Friday, which is a distinct possibility.

My B-players also see some bench players getting involved as I started with Adam Scott and Retief Goosen, who both shot minus two on Thursday,

Then I tried Bo Van Pelt and Jeff Overton on Friday. Van Pelt came through with a 66 on Friday and is currently at minus five.

Overton was plus two for Friday, not very good, so back in will be Scott for Saturday along with Van Pelt.

In Yahoo! Fantasy Golf this season, I am ranked 21,933 with 3,559 points in the 85th percentile.

This is ahead of three out of the four Yahoo! golf experts on their site. It looks like I will gain some ground on Friday with Van Pelt's minus four, plus my C-player, Shaun Micheel, scoring a nice minus five 65 on Friday.

On Saturday, Moore, Van Pelt, Scott, and Micheel, plus a host of others, will attempt to catch Rose.

I doubt if this will happen, as Rose proved he could win on the PGA Tour at the Memorial earlier this season.

Now he is moving into the elite category with multiple wins in the same season.

That is if he can pull off this Houdini act, making himself vanish from the field with a huge lead at The Travelers Championship.

I will have to root for a crash and burn, and would like Micheel to heat up and win this one. This is not, however, a US Open-type set-up at TPC Riverdale, and Rose should probably win, having a five-shot lead already.

All we can do is watch on Saturday to see who grabs their bags on moving day and scoots up the ladder of success, PGA Tour-style, with a win, prestige, fame, and about $900,000 for their bank account.

Good luck to all your favorite players, as they try to tune up for the next major, The British Open played at St. Andrews, the Old Course, this coming July.

Thomas [NFL Mikee] Moreland

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