Hughes shoots 60, McIlroy makes strong start at Travelers Championship


Mackenzie Hughes carded an excellent 10-under 60 to steer the Travelers Championship as Rory McIlroy made a strong start.

Hughes holed 10 birdies within the first spherical at TPC River Highlands in Connecticut to open up a three-stroke lead on Thursday.

The Canadian, who has struggled since coming back from the coronavirus-enforced break, made six birdies on his first 9 holes earlier than choosing up pictures at the second, sixth, seventh and eighth holes.

Hughes is three pictures away from world No. 1 McIlroy, Xander Schauffele and Viktor Hovland.

McIlroy blended an eagle and 6 birdies with only a single bogey to start with a seven-under 63.

Whereas Hughes is properly clear, the remainder of the leaderboard is congested, with one other six gamers a shot additional again in a tie for fifth.

Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, Michael Thompson, Tyler Duncan, Noh Seung-yul and Louis Oosthuizen opened with 64s.

Jordan Spieth made a stable start with a three-under 67, to be alongside Jason Day and Justin Rose amongst others.

Spieth, winless since 2017, was 4 underneath by way of 9 holes earlier than a blended again 9, which included bogeys at 10 and 18.

Additionally in a tie for 33rd is Abraham Ancer, who produced the shot of the day with a hole-in-one at the 16th.

In the meantime, former world No. 1 Dustin Johnson opened with a first-round 69, two pictures higher off than countryman Justin Thomas.

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