Jordan Spieth shoots 63 to take lead in Travelers debut

Travelers Announces the Start of the 2017 Travelers Championship

If there's a hangover in the golf world in the aftermath of the U.S, Open, the Travelers Championship is here to provide a little pick-me-up.

A STRONG FIRST round at the Travelers Championship has helped Rory McIlroy get over his US Open blues, while Pádraig Harrington is also showing excellent form in Cromwell, Connecticut.

Brandt Snedeker 3 points each way at 28/1 with Bet On Brazil - Played really solid at Erin Hils, yet to win this season but been close on multiple occasions, three top 25s in his last three starts at the Travelers.

Besides UConn basketball, the Travelers Championship is arguably the biggest sporting event in CT and is the second most attended tournament on the PGA Tour.

He told www.pgatour.com: "I haven't played nearly as well as I expected to, but at the same time I almost expected it coming off last year, my best year as a pro by a long way".

Is there an adjustment for the crowd who just played 72 holes on the longest U.S. Open course in history, nearly 1,000 yards longer than TPC River Highlands?

Tournament officials do a lot of leg work to woo players, understanding they must go the extra mile because of the Travelers' spot on the calendar. "It will yield to an even more frustrating week if it's the same here, because you'll have so many more opportunities".

McIlroy passed up another good chance at the sixth, but he parred safely in to remain at three under, and he said: "You can give yourself plenty of chances around here if you hit it well off the tee, and it's sort of stress-free golf".

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"Mentally, I was not as sharp as I needed to be and that just comes from playing rounds of golf", he said. "Then the hole starts to look bigger".

Spieth said the crowd at Travelers was one of the best he's ever played in front of. That group includes Brian Harman, who tied for second, and world No. 12 Justin Thomas, who tied for ninth.

The 15th hole is a risk-reward driveable par-4 with water to the left of the green playing at 296 yards.

Harrington picked up birdies at holes 1, 3, 6 and 13, while McIlroy birdied 1, 3, 12 and 17. His parting gift after 18 holes? Casey was second here in 2015 and T17 previous year.

Former World No.1 Jordan made eight birdies against just one bogey to card seven-under 63 to take a one-stroke lead. Watson is a guy that tends to do very well at certain courses. Thomas was very successful at the tournament past year firing off a 62 in the final round allowing him to end the tournament at -8, a score that landed him in third place.

"It's nice to be able to play an event you haven't played the last few years", McIlroy said. TPC River Highlands is a middle-of-the-pack difficulty track, which ranked 26th out of 50th for event scoring during the last competition.

That's because Jim Furyk stole the show by shooting a PGA Tour-record 58 to finish in a tie for fifth.

"I felt like the Incredible Hulk when it went in - I could have ripped my shirt off", said Knox of what had prompted him that day, the nice memories coming flooding back as he prepared to defend his title this week at TPC River
Highlands at Cromwell in CT. The links-style course in Wisconsin played quite easy with its huge fairways and little wind to act as a line of defense. It's always a bit risky to bet on Watson to win (+3400) because he can be so inconsistent, but he has two victories and two other top-five finishes here this decade.

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