Flawless 62 a harbinger of hope for Rory McIlroy at Travelers

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Of the previous 19 first-round leads/co-leads, Rory McIlroy has converted three into victory (2011 U.S. Open, 2012 BMW Championship, 2014 Open Championship). Photo: sportingnews.com

Rory McIlroy (T1/-8) posted a bogey-free 8-under 62, tying his low opening-round on PGA TOUR (2018 BMW Championship/5th) on Day 1 of the Travelers Championship.

Tied his low 18-hole score this season; previous times he shot 62 this season he went on to win (R3/THE CJ CUP @ SUMMIT, R4/RBC Canadian Open); most rounds of 62 or better on PGA TOUR by any player this season.

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Marked his third 18-hole lead/co-lead this season and 20th since joining the PGA TOUR as a member in 2010.

Of the previous 19 first-round leads/co-leads, he has converted three into victory (2011 U.S. Open, 2012 BMW Championship, 2014 Open Championship).

This is his fourth appearance at Travelers Championship (T17/2017, T12/2018, T11/2020).

McIlroy’s opening-round scores in his four starts at TPC River Highlands are 67-64-63-62.

 

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Owns seven top-10s this season, including five in his last six starts; his most top-10s in a season is 14 (2019).

J.T. Poston (T1/-8) fired 29 on his outward nine (started on No. 10) for his first sub-30 nine-hole score on the PGA TOUR (475th round).

 

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Tied his lowest 18-hole score on TOUR, his third 62 in his 154th career start (R1/2019 Barbasol Championship/T29, R4/2019 Wyndham Championship/Won).

Is seeking to advance to the weekend for the first time in his fifth appearance at the Travelers Championship; missed cut in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Has notched two top-10s in 22 starts this season (T3/RBC Heritage, T9/Wells Fargo Championship).

Xander Schauffele (T3/-7) hit 18 of 18 greens in regulation for the first time in his 459th round on TOUR. The last player to hit 18 of 18 greens in regulation in a single round at Travelers Championship was Scott Stallings (R1/2020).

 

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Martin Laird (T3/-7) posted his lowest score on TOUR since a second-round 63 of the 2020 Shriners Children’s Open, his most recent of four PGA TOUR victories. His best finish in eight prior appearances at Travelers Championship: T15/2015.

Reigning FedExCup Champion Patrick Cantlay (T5/-6) is making his eighth appearance at the Travelers Championship, the most of any event he has played on TOUR (The Genesis Invitational/7, U.S. Open/7).

Morgan Hoffmann (T30/-2) made his final start on a Major Medical Extension and requires a solo-fourth finish or better to retain status.

In his third PGA TOUR start, 20-year-old amateur Michael Thorbjornsen (T30/-2) is playing on a sponsor exemption. The Stanford standout had the honour of hitting the opening tee shot at last week’s U.S. Open Championship (MC).

 

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2017 Travelers Championship winner Jordan Spieth (T148/+5) posted his high score in 15 rounds at TPC River Highlands.