He has a great chance to break through Sunday in the Travelers Championship.
The 40-year-old Englishman, aided by some swing advice from coach Peter Kostis, seeks his third career US PGA title and second of the year after his bogey-free weekend start at TPC River Highland in Cromwell, Connecticut. I want to come back here. "I can't do any more than that". "To be honest with you, I'm not surprised".
Halfway leader Brian Harman (69) slipped back into a tie for third at 11 under with Anirban Lahiri of India (65) and American J.B. Holmes (65).
"Around here I feel pretty comfortable", he said. "You've got to make the putts".
Henley said: "I'm definitely hitting it well enough, and if I can get a couple putts to fall, that would be good. If one goes in, I get some momentum, but that's ifs and buts", noted Casey, who has won twice on Tour but finished runner-up eight times.
Watson does sometimes rubs his fellow tour players the wrong way- an ESPN player survey listed him as the player his fellow peers would least be likely to help out in a fight-but the 39-year-old just might be in the top-10 for most charitable players on the PGA Tour.
Watson also came from six back to win the 2010 event for his first tour title and beat Casey in a playoff in 2015. "Every long club in the bag was five, 10 yards left it felt like", Casey said.
The shot of the day came from James Hahn, who aced the 154-yard 11th hole. And he also supports The First Tee of Northwest Florida, Fresh Start, Birdies for the fearless and the Ronald McDonald House of Pensacola (Fla.).
But McIlroy's hopes of getting back into the winners' circle look doubtful after he struggled to get going following a weird incident on the first tee, when he was interrupted by a squirrel just as he was about to strike his opening blow. His opening tee shot was delayed when a squirrel camped right in front of him in the tee box.
Twenty-one golfers shot all four rounds in the 60s at the Travelers this year, as the TPC River Highlands often surrenders a lot of birdies.
McIlroy had an eagle at 15, but three-putted 18 for a bogey and a 69. He was tied for 15th at 8 under.
U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka shot a 65 to tie for 19th at 9 under.
Defending champion Jordan Spieth was 3 under after a 71.
Former Baylor School standout Keith Mitchell (70) was tied for 53rd at 2 under.
Next year, fans will again see significant upgrades at the 2019 Travelers Championship, the second-most-attended PGA Tour event on the circuit. He is eight under for the tournament.
"(Caddie Ted Scott and I) were debating a 2-iron off the tee so I could have a fuller shot because we see it's straight downwind.