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A week after the 2023 US Open, some of the best golfers in the world headed to Connecticut for the Travelers Championship. As it is a designated event on the PGA Tour, the biggest names are obliged to compete meaning that the three best players in the world – Scottie Scheffler, Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy all teed it up on Thursday at TPC River Highlands.
It was a low-scoring day on Thursday with many players shooting impressive scores. The lowest score of the lot, however, came from Denny McCarthy who shot an incredible round of 60 to leave himself top of the leaderboard on -10. If McCarthy can keep this form up over the weekend then a maiden victory on the PGA Tour awaits.
Travelers Championship Leaderboard – Day one
|Denny McCarthy (USA)
|Keegan Bradley (USA)
|Adam Scott (AUS)
|Scottie Scheffler (USA)
|Chez Reavie (USA)
|Eric Cole (USA)
|Shane Lowry (IRE)
Round one highlights
Red hot Denny
Despite several players getting hot at different parts of the opening round in Connecticut, Denny McCarthy was the pick of the bunch after his electric round of 60.
It always felt like it was going to be an enjoyable day for the 30-year-old after he kicked things off with four consecutive birdies on the 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th. A mammoth two-putt from 60 feet on the 15th moved him to five under before he found another streak of birdies on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
Two more birdies on the 6th and the 9th saw him enter the clubhouse on -10 after a faultless round that saw him card no bogeys.
DENNY MCCARTHY NEARLY HOLES IT FOR EAGLE AND A 59. pic.twitter.com/v5khll7MiY
— Fore Play (@ForePlayPod) June 22, 2023
Scott threatens the course record
Despite McCarthy’s round of 60 being the best of the day, Adam Scott found himself in a position down the stretch where Jim Furyk’s course record of 58 was in his sights. The Australian, who has enjoyed a return to form this season, made the turn in 31 and then carded five consecutive birdies from 11-15 which put him on a score of 50 with three holes to play.
A birdie on each of the final three holes would have seen him match Fury’s round of 58 but he sadly found the water on the 17th which pegged him back. In the end, Scott had to settle for a round of 62 but he can be pleased with how he performed on day one.
Scheffler does Scheffler things
The remarkable consistency of Scottie Scheffler once again continued to amaze on day one of the championship. Since October, the world number one hasn’t finished lower than 12th in any tournament and that record looks set to continue this week after an opening round of 63.
The American is currently three shots adrift of the leader and would love to get his hands on some silverware again with his last victory coming at the Players Championship in March.
Rory sinks his first PGA ace
There aren’t many things that Rory McIlroy has left to accomplish in the game of golf but until yesterday, he had never managed to hit a hole-in-one in a PGA Tour event. Much to the Northern Irishman’s joy, that all changed on the eighth hole yesterday when his 215-yard five iron found the cup.
It was a moment of magic in an otherwise ordinary round for McIlroy who ended day one eight shots back on -2. He will look to close that gap on day two to put himself in a position to contend over the weekend to try and put his US Open disappointment behind him.
RORY MCILROY ACE 🔥 pic.twitter.com/VapXu6M6z3
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 22, 2023
Travelers Championship odds after day one
- Scottie Scheffler – 13/5
- Denny McCarthy – 5/1
- Patrick Cantlay – 8/1
- Adam Scott – 12/1
- Keegan Bradley – 12/1
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