Rory McIlroy, GT Boston top the Travelers’ Championship at 8-under-62 after the first round

Cromwell, Connecticut – Rory McIlroy He battled a sinus error to hit an 8-under 62 shot on Thursday for a share of his first-round lead with JT Boston in the Travelers Championship.

Coming out of Sunday’s fifth-place game at the US Open after winning the Canadian Open the previous week, second-seeded McIlroy had a ghost-free morning run, highlighted by hitting a 47-foot birdie for seventh.

McIlroy matched the lowest opening round of his PGA Tour career. He finished with a tap bird on the ninth hole after a 332-yard drive and a 44-foot chip after the pin.

“It’s like the US Open rehab team is here,” said the four-time champion. “I love coming here a week after the US Open. It kind of gives you a chance to score low and go after it.”

Poston had five straight birds in numbers 13 through 17 and did it at the age of 6 – under 29, giving rise to ideas about Jim ForekA record 58 at the same TPC River Highlands course in 2016. Poston cut the first six holes in the front nine holes and numbered 7 and 9 to cover a stealth-free run.

“I gave myself a few looks but kind of made a bunch of tapes to start the intro, so that was kind of out of the picture after a while,” said Poston, the 2019 Wyndham Championship winner. “I might have thought of it a little more if I had made a couple of early birds.”

Xander Shaveli And the Martin Laird It was a stroke.

Schauffele hit all 18 greens in regulation for the first time in his career, despite showing up late on the training range because he thought his 7:35 a.m. time was 7:50.

“That was a pretty big beginner’s move for me,” the Olympic champion said. “But when I’m at home, I’ll show up at 8 a.m. at 7:55, and maybe hit two strokes and then start swinging. So take advantage of the guys, I guess.”

Patrick CantlayAnd the Charles Howell III And the Web Simpsonwho played alongside McIlroy, had two shots at 64.

“We kind of feed on each other,” Simpson said of McIlroy. “The holes are starting to look bigger and bigger. Lots of punches are made.”

Wednesday rain left greens soft in the morning. It stiffened later in the day, and the wind rose after lunch, which resulted in some higher scores.

“I thought the conditions in the afternoon were a lot tougher,” Cantlay said. “It was blowing as soon as I hit the first tee. Watching a little bit of coverage this morning, I realized it was a lot different this afternoon than the low scores these guys set this morning.”

English Harriswho won last year on the eighth hole of a playoff match, opened with 66. Top ranked Masters champion Scotty Scheffler He had 68.

Jordan Spieth, who shot from a bunker on a green side at the age of 18 to win here in 2018, had one of the toughest afternoons. He made a double bogey at 12, hitting his off-limits tee near the Connecticut River. The three-time main winner sat cross-legged in fairway while trying to regroup and then flanked two of his next three holes. But a tee at 16 found the water and finished with a score of 75.

There were no withdrawals on Thursday after several earlier in the week. Those include Justin Thomaswho bowed Wednesday to rest his sick back, and Brooks Kopkawho this week became the latest player to defect from the LIV Golf series.

McIlroy, who has been an outspoken critic of those leaving for the Saudi Tour, said he feels no pressure this week to be an ambassador for the PGA Tour.

“I’m in good shape,” McIlroy said. “I’m playing well.” “Maybe it gives me more confidence to talk about certain issues, maybe. But I just get out there and try to play my game and try to win some tournaments.”