Jordan Spieth stumbles, Rory McIlroy in hunt at PGA Travelers C'ship

Jordan Spieth stumbles, Rory McIlroy in hunt at PGA Travelers C'ship

"Still hit it okay, but I felt like I had a lot of good putts that just didn't go in", said McIlroy. "I've been sticking to the process".

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy is one stroke off the lead in the first round of the Travelers Championship in CT.

"I've been very positive about making progress from how I got pretty off earlier this year", he said after his round. Day knows he needs a red-hot score today, and the good news for him is that he could be shooting even lower.

Though Thomas already has two wins this season, he has just one top-10 finish since March.

The two-time major victor later had company at the summit as Spieth showed signs of rediscovering his touch on the greens, making six birdies while also holing out from a greenside bunker for an eagle at the sixth - reviving memories of his dramatic winning shot from the sand at 18 in a play-off against Daniel Berger last season.

"First rounds have been kind of detrimental to me, so it's nice to be in the thick of things", he said.

But he hopes to light up TPC River Highlands over the weekend and believes he's close to rediscovering some old swing feelings as The Open approaches. He has held at least a share of the lead after every one. I've just got to go out there and just keep the blinders on and focus on the holes and the shot at hand.

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Coming off a disastrous U.S. Open, he spent the weekend working on his game in an attempt to return to form.

Spieth, who also made an early exit at last week's US Open, made three birdies in four holes from the 12th before hooking a three-wood into the water at the driveable 15th and carding his lone bogey of the day, although he did respond immediately by draining a 20-foot putt for birdie at 16.

Harman also began on the back nine and made three bogeys and three birdies before the turn, then birdied four of the first seven holes on his second nine of the day, the most impressive of them on a 25-foot birdie putt at the par-four fourth. "I felt like overall last week and had some stuff to do at the beginning of this week, so didn't exactly get the normal preparation I would get in, but that's what I have this afternoon for, and by this afternoon I feel like I'll be in pretty good shape".

"You never want to miss a cut in a Major, but it might have been a blessing in disguise for the rest of the year", he said.

Johnson surged into the lead with his 63, thanks to eight birdies and six birdies in a row from the 11th hole to the 16th hole.

Johnson did nearly the entirety of his work on the back nine, including a marvelous string of six straight birdies from Nos.

"They've got some sort of magnetic sand for me", Spieth joked. "I slept for a while last night, and I kind of had a hard time getting out of that grogginess", Thomas said.

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